Review of TRUSTING GRACE: A Novel (Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Book 3) by Maggie Brendan

Publisher: Revell | Published: May 2, 2017 | Format: eBook (337 pages), Paperback (336 pages), Hardcover (338 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01MR5Y47T, ISBN: 9780800722661, ISBN: 9780800728915, and Audio ISBN: 9781613759172 Series: Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Origin: NetGalley 

 

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In TRUSTING GRACE: A Novel (Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Book 3) by Maggie Brendan, we tumble into the lives of a ragtag family in an 1860’s Western landscape. We’ll learn that this group is far from a family, but they are rather thrown together through circumstances that no one wanted.

However, this is where we will begin to fall in love with Robert Frasier.

He lost a wife, a farm, and a community, but he gains three children whom he never knew to exist. In loving and marrying a woman, it should be a beginning for him, but her death marks the end, leaving him with more responsibilities and more pain in the wake of it all. He trusted and loved Ada, but she never trusted him with her past, her life, and her truth.

This leaves him homeless with mouths to feed, and he learns the hard lessons of becoming a father.

Meanwhile, Grace’s devotion to her dad is heartwarming and beautiful, but it might leave her misguided in a way.

Grace is a widow, for a few years, but once her father takes ill, Grace accepts it to mean her life will be this way going forward. She is okay. Her father is a good man, and her mother died years ago. However, with her father unable to help run Bidwell Farms, she needs to hire help. However, with the way she keeps herself cloistered on the farm, Grace is at a loss for how to do this. Her friend passes the job notice on at the Mercantile, and the position is quickly filled.

However, this is just the beginning of a story for both Grace Bidwell and her father, Owen Miller. Their life changes and fills with pangs, worries, and fears as harvest grows near!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

TRUSTING GRACE: A Novel (Virtues And Vices Of The Old West Book 3) by Maggie Brendan stages the aftermath of Grace’s dream of marriage smashed, through death, into the abyss.

A widow, without children, the life she dreamt of is no more. Now that her father is ill and unable to help on her husband’s ranch, Grace is at a crossroads in life. In order for it to be possible to keep her late husband’s farm, she needs help.

Robert Frasier becomes the hired help and brings with him three children and a homeless situation, but their grief leaves all with trust issues and a distant relationship.

Grace is welcoming to all, and she believes all crosses her path for a reason. Her house seems like home, again.

In 1860s Montana, the Gallatin Valley thrives inside the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series as trust is just beginning to take root!

Review of SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: June 13, 2017 | Format: eBook (320 pages), Paperback (320 pages), Large Print (500 pages) and Audio CD  | ASIN: B06X6DFPLK, ISBN: 9780718090487, ISBN: 9781683244769, and Audio CD ISBN: 9781536693775 Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Inside SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter, we belly flop into the aftermath of love gone wrong, as a divorce is already over. Or is it?

Noah Mitchell stops to get his mail, and his day goes downhill from there. After all, a letter from the IRS is always lump in your throat inducing, and it usually describes money owed rather than money coming to you. True to form, this letter is addressing his recent tax filing, but the problem is that they are wrong. He’s a divorced man filing as such. How could they make this into something?

It doesn’t take long for Noah to understand that he is wrong, and the anger over his ex-wife’s mistakes flare all over again.

Josephine Dupree Mitchell is busy running her barbershop but has not exactly moved on in life. She is in counseling for both faith and mind. For her situation, this is the best she can do. Maybe she’s not over Noah Mitchell, but she is trying to understand herself and her faults. Is she the only one in this failed relationship trying to get a handle on everything?

On a rush of cold air, the man she always thinks about walks in demanding to see her copy of the divorce papers. His eyes are flashing red, and she does not understand his problem, well, until she does.

Now two people who thought that they were officially divorced come to an understanding. They are still married. This is not a good thing. He never cared to understand the problems, and she walks a narrow path trying to find her way out of issues which stem from horrific abuse that came to be long before the wedding day.

The edgy vibe of their emotional storm is intense, but the weather may add another twist to their intact nuptials!

Will either survive to see the end?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

SWEETBRIAR COTTAGE by Denise Hunter introduces Noah Mitchell and Josephine Dupree Mitchell.

Noah settles on a mountain ranch away from his ex-wife, his former home, and many townspeople who seem to know everything. The peace of the Blue Ridge Mountains gives solace and a place to hide. He goes to town infrequently and makes the most of his time by doing errands and keeping busy. The post office is just one of those items on his list until it becomes a problem.

Part of his past and present creeps up to front and center by way of a government agency. Now his anger is set to boil, and he goes to the woman who causes all the trouble.

Yes, Josephine Dupree Mitchell causes the end of her marriage, and she is still living with the guilt. Emotionally damaged, she not over the loss of the man who walks through the door to blame her for the IRS!

Once she finally understands what she did wrong, this time, Josephine will make it up to Noah.

She vows to expedite the end regardless of the pain she is bringing upon herself. She drives to the ranch to bring Noah signed legal papers. However, the weather is not cooperating with her, and instead of doing him a favor of expediting, she becomes stranded with him in the storm.

These two have heaps of yet unidentified issues within the marriage, and each had their own baggage they brought to the end as well. Meanwhile, the snowstorm hitting outside only intensifies the fury on the inside along with the good and bad memories.

While God loves us unconditionally, does everyone love each other in that fashion or is there always a condition?

Grace Awards Summer Book Bash 2016 ~ day one

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Review of LOVE STORY: A Novel (The Baxter Family Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury

Publisher: Howard Books | Published: June 6, 2017 | Format: eBook (368 pages), Hardcover (368 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01KG5GQVU, ISBN: 9781451687590, and, Audio ASIN: B06XT77C2X | Series: The Baxter Family | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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LOVE STORY: A Novel (The Baxter Family Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury introduces us to John Baxter and his current wife Elaine, but we fall with them into the beginning of another love story, at a different time, and in a place where the definition of family changes forever!

The passing down of family history, backgrounds, and traditions can be a wonderful bonding opportunity, but sometimes, revisiting the past will put love, secrets, and pain on display. Could a grandchild’s school project be the burden that brings needless pain into a widower’s second marriage?

Meanwhile, new relationships come with issues as two become one in marriage, but closeness may crash and burn before the wedding. Could a couple with a thorny past begin anew? Cody Coleman and Andi Ellison endure a broken engagement, insecurities of a past love, and a hard case of PTSD, but while pride can sabotage a relationship, Cody still has hope. Then, one day, Andi breaks his heart. Is it finally his time to let her go?

Does protecting someone put him or her at risk through unintended consequences? Ashley and Landon cope with married life well, but her father’s story, her past, and her son’s heritage brings tender emotions to the surface. Ashley realizes the present will become daunting inside her blended family.

As we visit with the Baxters, we’ll marvel at just how real they are and how true to life their difficulties can be, but you will feel the deepness of their authentic faith through both painful and happy situations.

You can visit and connect with this enchanting family, their neighbors, and their friends through books, and they will be coming to the television near you. Take a seat, have coffee or tea, place tissues nearby, and you will uncover true joy inside the Baxter family.

Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, and LOVE STORY is just one of her stories that I highly recommend!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times best-selling author showing the newest story of the Baxter family, and she is going back to where it all begins….

In LOVE STORY: A Novel (The Baxter Family Book 1), the interview is about how John and Elizabeth Baxter first fell in love, but this leads to current times in the life of the Baxter family and how those moments in history still infiltrate family life. John and his bride lived out their marriage for thirty years until her death, but John is enjoying retirement with his second wife, Elaine.

However, to relive his past brings his heart back to another. Is this fair to his wife? Will his past cause her distress? Would the pain of Elizabeth’s death from cancer bring the storied doctor to his knees, again?

A grandson’s heritage project has the power to create an impact. His grandmother loved him, and he knew Elizabeth before she died. Would John be able to live with Cole learning all about their story? From his love of their grandson, he agrees, but he knows the pain that he may cause them all. In this tale, his adult children do not yet know all of the details.

Now, John can see it is best to tell all.

Current times do not stand still for anyone as the story unfolds. Cole wants to know more about his life from his mother as his grandfather causes, even more, questions to come to mind, and Andi Ellison and Cody Coleman’s relationship wasn’t ever on the solid ground. As Cody gets a wake-up call on live television, he is either going to revive it or finally let it die.

If you have yet to meet the Baxters or if you have visited with them before, come visit them, now. Inside LOVE STORY, you will discover where it all begins and where your heart will meld with them.

Review of WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS (Misty Willow Book 3) by Johnnie Alexander

Publisher: Revell | Published: May 2, 2017 | Format: eBook (353 pages), Paperback (352 pages), and Hardcover (354 pages) | ASIN: B01MUANO2S, ISBN: 9780800726423, and, ISBN: 9780800728939 Series: Misty Willow Series Origin: NetGalley 

 

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WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS (Misty Willow Book 3) by Johnnie Alexander begins with two people escaping their past by coming home to better memories, but their problems are easy to find as we fall into their stories while they run from the pain!

Gabe Kendall’s life in the Marine Corps didn’t end well. In fact, it ends with a prison term. While he is most comfortable keeping that time in life a mystery to others, it wouldn’t take long for facts to come out, and he is the one to do it. Burying his record is not possible, and to begin again, he must be up-front.

However, his return greets him with good and bad that comes with Misty Willow.

The ranch is in sad shape, and his good memories are being distorted by a special but forgotten time in life, as Gabe stands at the spot where it happened long ago….

Does he want something that can never begin again?

Meanwhile, Amy Somers is in Misty Willow after her time of power went wrong inside the political hub. In a world where power gives, even more, power, Amy lost herself while picking up issues along the way. From lies to cheats and thievery, the eye of a camera will see every flaw while Amy’s body pays a price far greater than it all. In almost gaining something important, she nearly lost her heart. There is still one person with whom her memories evoke emotions strong enough to topple her, but he no longer lives here.

We’ll feel the pain and enter the problems as they come to the surface, but those years old mistakes may still keep us wondering. Can two people renew themselves and pick up a healthy relationship at the same time? Alternatively, does their past keep them from pain by pulling them far away from love?

Is a haunting past ever truly buried?

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS Misty Willow Book 3 by Johnnie Alexander, Amy Somers loses her lobbyist position, the power it came with, and the heart of stone she gained as she moves to Misty Willow. A brother’s love and her almost withering away will bring a transformed character to a place where she tried to use destruction to suit her.

Amy is attempting to heal the situations and her body. However, is she ever far from the pain that she wears and the problems that she left behind?

Gabe Kendall is an ex-Marine who did not commit a crime, but he did a prison sentence that he did not deserve. With a family divided, he goes back to Misty Willow to heal and gain a life. Prison is still in his personality sans the locked doors, and he needs to find a purpose despite his shame. However, he looks around the ranch, and he sees all that is wrong since he’s been gone.

It’s a vibrant place now scarred with decay from his neglect. Once he sees Amy, his situation goes from hope to heartache in a matter of minutes!

Review of COME FLY WITH ME by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham

Publisher: Zebra | Published: May 30, 2017 | Format: eBook | ASIN: B01M6AOKK6  | Series: A Montana Brides Romance | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Through COME FLY WITH ME by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham, we travel back to 1886 inside Helena, Montana Territory, as we tumble into a new story for Luanne Palmer when teaching and romance may not go together at all!

Luanne is a dedicating herself as a teacher, but her heart is suddenly clueless to this fact as feelings develop for Roy Bennett.

Roy’s traveling ways would lead to heartbreak and the end of a job she loves.

Meanwhile, Roy Bennett is actively pursuing a lovely woman. She is his friend’s sister, and her brother and sister are giving him advice in his quest. When Luanne Palmer seems to shrink back instead of drawing near, he begins to think that he’s making a mistake.

Choosing between love and employment is never an easy decision to make, but in landing a dented reputation, something entirely different emerges.

What does settling down actually mean? When should a marriage start?

In this quick read, you will find their answers inside a love story that isn’t supposed to be and one you do not want to end, but afterward, you’ll uncover upcoming reads and romance!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

COME FLY WITH ME by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham is the beginning of A Montana Brides Romance where a celebrated journalist known for high-flying adventures and a schoolteacher could never be….

Luanne Palmer holds herself to the highest personal standard, by her teacher’s contract, but her developing feelings for Roy Bennett, who will soon be off to another adventure, is a colossal mistake. No, she may not be as against love as she thought, but she is certainly not willing to give up everything for that lofty goal.

Roy Bennett begins to understand.

Luanne Palmer does not want him around, and he’s been making a pest of himself. A way to make amends and impress her plus help her students comes to his attention, and he takes the opportunity.

How could he bring his aeronaut business to her classroom without it going wrong? When can one balloon race become one too many?

Will Roy and Luanne remain at their jobs in the end?

 

Review of THE WHITE FEATHER MURDERS (Herringford and Watts Mysteries Book 3) by Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | eBook Published: April 11, 2017, Paperback Published: May 1, 2017, and Hardcover Published: May 17, 2017 | Formats: eBook (236 pages), Paperback (224 pages), and Hardcover Large Print | ASIN: B01MV4794N, ISBN: 9780736966443, and ISBN: 9781410499820 | Series: Herringford and Watts Mysteries | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Inside THE WHITE FEATHER MURDERS (Herringford and Watts Mysteries Book 3) by Rachel McMillan, I’m coming late to a series and discovering, even more, mysteries inside a Canadian, historical read which comes with many of today’s issues in our headlines!

Sleuthing with Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts, we are on the hunt in the Ward of Toronto upon issues happening with unsuspecting immigrants.

Notoriety can be liberating, but at the same time, it can be problematic. While empowering women in early 1900’s can not be an easy task, it becomes fashionable, but elites do not appreciate women in pants or inside the crime solving business.

Mysteries take us to dangerous situations, but oftentimes, we find ourselves without backup—save for a few close friends.

One murder happens inside a war declaration, and the mystery deepens. A solitary feather is not in one scene but two, tying both cases in one large puzzle. Meanwhile, news that Jem Watts is really Mrs. Jem DeLuca brings identity issues along for the ride, but once treachery comes close to home, friendships are tense and murder may come calling!

It is evident that politicking is a cutthroat career, but may it be deadly as well? How far up could this plot go?

 

 
***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

THE WHITE FEATHER MURDERS (Herringford and Watts Mysteries Book 3) by Rachel McMillan casts Toronto during 1914, and Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts have come to be a badge of female liberation.

However, the fresh from press fame does not shield them from World War I and all of its Canadian strife, but their recognition paints them with a bull’s–eye from Mayor Montague, both directly and indirectly. Is their Cartier Club a cause of murderous unrest?

Will one Italian husband and friend be taken from his family under the new alien identification process? Meanwhile, will Herringford and Watts survive the tumult of political corruption?

Review of FATAL MISTAKE: A Novel by Susan Sleeman

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: May 9, 2017 | Formats: eBook (500 pages), Paperback (400 pages)and Hardcover (500 pages) | ASIN: B01LL8BVLG, ISBN: 9781455596461, and Hardcover: 9781683244424 | Series: White Knights | Origin: NetGalley

 

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FATAL MISTAKE: A Novel by Susan Sleeman pushes the button for suspense from the beginning hurling us into a headline thriller where romance erupts from inside the ashes!

Tara Parrish knows a criminal up close and personal, but she doesn’t know this man is the Lone Wolf until she discovers his hideout that is in plain sight. Frightened, she makes to dial the FBI hotline that’s been all over the news, but when the suspect enters the scene, Tara doubts she’ll still be alive once help shows up.

While the FBI needs a break, in this case, the hotline hasn’t turned a solid lead until a frightened Tara Parrish reaches out, and from what she describes, Cal is sure she has found him. The terror in her voice increases as the suspect returns. The six-month search is now depending on keeping this woman alive. His skills did not prepare him for what he is about to face!

Is it possible to save her life from miles away? Will the next explosion silence the future or will this case implode from fear alone?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In FATAL MISTAKE: A Novel by Susan Sleeman, FBI Agent Cal Riggins puts his life on the line to save others, but he picks up a call that changes this deadly investigation and brings him closer to the end.

An innocent stumbled upon a horrid scene, but Tara Parrish knows more than anyone else does about this man. As the clock ticks, Cal could hear the caller’s last breath. Even if he could get there, it may still end this same way. Only minutes away, he hears Tara’s labored footfalls, and he is thankful for that.

Once at the scene, he gets an earful of her sprint through the foliage as shots ring out!

Meanwhile, Tara Parrish scampers inside the tree line darting from anything that moves, but she is sure that she’ll never live to see the dawn of another day.

The FBI agent on the phone helped her to get free from a building, but he’s not here to prevent the next bullet from ripping through her.

Can anyone keep her safe?

Review of EVENINGS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT by Jennifer LeClaire

Publisher: Charisma House | Published: January 3, 2017 | Format: eBook and Hardcover (400 pages) | ASIN: B01HX2U4AI and ISBN: 9781629989655 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Author Jennifer LeClaire dares to take Scripture to heart and imagines a devotional in a conversational style through EVENINGS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!

This difference makes for an enjoyable meditation for your heart to bond deeply in His Word, and it keeps you moving in faith through prayer, Bible study, and chosen verses. It serves as a daily reminder as we sludge through life’s problems to watch out for a trap of trying to handle things all on our own.

Journalizing comes back into focus inside an inspiring work of faith!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

End of the day prayers is growing, through Spirit led conversational devotions where faith comes alive in EVENINGS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT by Jennifer LeClaire!

Through her journal entries, a devotional style begins to lead a creative meditation to grow in faith through Scripture, prayer and Bible studies.

 

Review of WHAT THE BISHOP SAW by VANNETTA CHAPMAN

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | eBook Published: April 11, 2017 and Paperback Published: May 1, 2017 | Format: eBook (354 pages) and Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01N5Y68DA and ISBN: 9780736966474 | Series: The Amish Bishop Mysteries | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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WHAT THE BISHOP SAW by VANNETTA CHAPMAN leads us into an Amish mystery where all eyes are on the Bishop and the past he blatantly ignores.

In Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the growing season dawns, but the dry season is dangerous. Once a fire sparks things can move quickly, but something is amiss when fingers point in different directions. However, Bishop Henry Lapp moves us into action to bring about something he keeps hidden!

Only a few will talk about it, but he is the only one living with it.

The congregation has been through much in a short time, from the expectations that did not materialize to the loss of others that they love, but they hold on to Gotte and to each other. Sometimes, happenings will steer them onto a new path. It may be that sometimes a Bishop needs to let go, but his heart may forever change in the middle of it all.

Flames bring the fire department, the neighbors, and the police onto the scene, but a death lures an Arson Investigator to their community. While the Amish people want to handle disturbances without law enforcement, this cannot happen inside a murder investigation.

One can see but not give an accurate depiction that anyone could believe. While during other times, what one knows is more than anyone would ever see.

When does a gift become a burden and when does anger turn into murder?

These answers take shape inside an excellent beginning to a new series that will keep you reading!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In WHAT THE BISHOP SAW by VANNETTA CHAPMAN a fire takes a Colorado Amish community into a storm leaving death, damage, and destruction in its wake.

The dry season of San Luis Valley always becomes a danger, but when a fire is set to hide a body, everything inside this Plain community is about to go under an Arson Investigator’s purview. Outsiders are not welcome here, and the people seem to take prodding more personally to land them at the top of a suspect list for murder!

Vernon Frey’s list of possible enemies engulfs two worlds, and those in the congregation are not immune to the problems seen among the Englisch. In fact, some money issues and family problems still plague this community, but could someone they know have killed Vernon?

It has come time for Bishop Henry Lapp to unearth the truth in the only way he knows how.

While his position may be a gift, it is a tremendous responsibility to weigh heavily on a man, and to run away can seem the better answer. Faith gets him through with courage, and Henry does have friends to help him in this task. Emma Fisher helps the way she always does, but his heart teeters inside a new territory.

Could beauty come from the ashes and would Grace heal the broken hearts?

Review of THE BACHELOR’S TWINS by Kathryn Springer

Publisher: Love Inspired | eBook Published: May 1, 2017 and Paperback Published: April 18, 2017 | Format: eBook (224 pages) and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B01MXBPDL4 and ISBN: 9780373622740 Series: Castle Falls Origin: NetGalley 

 

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THE BACHELOR’S TWINS by Kathryn Springer begins with a past one cannot escape, but while someone may bury it, another will keep it as if it will be a forever affliction!

However, with two young siblings, the past has no part in their present.

For their mom’s birthday, the Leighton twins book a dream day off, but for Anna Leighton, this is a nightmare coming to life. She harbors a secret to keep away from a man who has drawn her twins to him, but Anna would rather they liked another. No, it isn’t because she fears him.

She fears he knows about the things she’s been hiding.

The persistence of two little girls despite their family ties is charming Liam Kane as we fall in love with him. They are determined to make him feel as if he is part of their family, but would they feel that way if they knew of his thoughts of their father? He still lives the guilt of almost destroying a relationship by his own lot in life. His own mind and his own experience only manufactured what he thought he saw and dutifully challenged.

His reality was the warning he needed to remain single. On the other hand, maybe he just refused to be like the man that had been in his family.

In Castle Falls, can we ever begin again or will the past cave in upon us?

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside THE BACHELOR’S TWINS by Kathryn Springer, high school seems like just yesterday where secrets are concerned.

Anna Leighton has eight-year-old twins, owns two businesses, and will never seek out help. Her sleepless nights are not from motherhood, but from working too hard as a single mom. Her daughters come up with the best gift, and it’s free too!

The only person leading this tour is the one man Anna has been running from for ten long years.

Liam Kane is an outdoorsman with a history he will not forget, and his number comes up to lead the trip that puts his high school crush in the center of his path. However, he will never feel comfortable around her since what had happened many years ago.

She loved another, and he misread the other boy’s intention and had the gall to tell her about it. Later, it was the death of her husband loading him with even more guilt, and he is sure it only fortifies the barrier separating them. In the meantime, her twins seem content not only to seek him out but also to put him next to their mother at every opportunity.

Liam begins to wonder about his own life trajectory.

Review of NEVER ENOUGH? 3 Keys to Financial Contentment by Ron Blue and Karen Guess

Publisher: B&H Books | Published: April 1, 2017 | Formats: eBook (177 pages) and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B06XJ76SXR and ISBN: 9781433690716 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

As the month of April can be financially taxing, NEVER ENOUGH? 3 Keys to Financial Contentment by Ron Blue and Karen Guess becomes the place we can go to find the keys to calm the next year’s confusion in advance!

This read will guide your mindset, your understanding, and your piece of the pie with easy to learn and to apply principles that we cannot bury in our handfuls of payments, debts, and leftovers. Our focus will be on understanding that faith, life, and finance happen all at once or even all together and balance is still possible.

If you are anxious around budgets or not great with understanding debits and credits, your eyes will not glaze over reading NEVER ENOUGH? 3 Keys to Financial Contentment by Ron Blue and Karen Guess!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In NEVER ENOUGH? 3 Keys to Financial Contentment by Ron Blue and Karen Guess, the fear of finances and the causes of these are addressed in real life scenarios bringing about a new understanding in today’s situations.

Issues of life, faith, and money appear throughout Scripture along with contentment, stewardship, and charity.

A seasoned counselor of finance and an accomplished author combines his money management prowess and principles in the areas of living, faith, and family to demonstrate how each area is coupled and not separated.

Review of BEYOND JUSTICE by Cara C. Putman

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: April 4, 2017 | Format: eBook (384 pages) and Paperback (352 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01HAK33CY, ISBN: 9780718083472, and Audio ISBN: 9781536615616 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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In BEYOND JUSTICE by Cara C. Putman, we are into legal suspense with a ferocious kick where time is of the essence!

Legal cases could be a matter of life and death, and when a win means justice, it belongs to Hayden McCarthy.

We are tackling a wrongful death case with a DC up-and-coming attorney whose reputation is both revered and misunderstood. Hayden is coming in with a celebration glow from her win of the not winnable case, and the law partners have their eye on her.

It could be because she is on the road to becoming the youngest partner at this high-powered law firm or it could something far worse.

When Hayden McCarthy, Esquire is handed another case with an impatient air, a thin guise, and an even skinnier file, she’s not sure where she stands as her boss and mentor’s hard-driving attitude seems much different than usual. He’s taking a chance on her to get this case moving, and he lets her know her future could be in jeopardy with a loss.

High pressure is something Hayden is sure able to handle, but this file causes her to question what she has gotten into, as things just do not add up.

A client doesn’t return calls, paper or digitized copies become sparse, and meetings become one-sided conversations, but a picture develops to have Hayden wanting justice.

However, it may be her own firm that wants this case to die.

The questions are only deepening as the stress is getting unbearable, and the Federal Government has their own way to get out of facing justice.

Romance is the last thing Hayden has on her mind, but her friend will see her situation much differently. Her roommate’s cousin and a Congressman’s son should not be seen anywhere near Hayden. Andrew’s face is plastered all over as the DC most eligible bachelor, but her face could get a feature on the DC list of most wanted. Should this case against the government come to only half of what she believes it warrants, she may face their justice for exposing it all.

However, Andrew may be in the same danger that she is facing, and a child is sitting in the middle of all of this mess.

Will Andrew cut his ties and be like the Washington élite, or will he have the heart she believes that he does? In the meantime, can they stay safe long enough for her to figure how deep a murderous cover-up will go?

A story that could be out in today’s headlines becomes suspense-fueled once immigration meets our borders in a different tale than most could ever predict!

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

BEYOND JUSTICE by Cara C. Putman places Hayden McCarthy, Esquire in sight as the youngest possible partner in a storied D.C. powerful law firm.

Hayden’s background gives a need for justice, and she takes it on every case. After winning another, she is back to reality as soon as she’s assigned a wrongful death case.

However, this case is coming from a different angle and from a different position as that of those she worked already.

One partner believes in her, but his demeanor seems to say otherwise.

This partner is saying one thing and doing another as Hayden is feeling a pull into the wrong end of this fight. She comes closer to the door of the law firm than to a partnership position when her personal life seems to connect to a file in her hand.

Romance is not in her future, but this relationship is tangible enough to come into an intersection of law and justice and Washington politics. What do one kid, one Congressman, and one friend’s relation have in common? The Federal Government, Washington influences, and one family connects in the scariest of ways.

Problems become greater while Hayden’s fear increases and affiliations become even more dangerous!

Is justice beyond reach or could justice mean she’s going down just to keep politics in the clear? Will anyone help keep her out of the deep-rooted crosshairs?

If she closes this case or suddenly disappears, who will protect the next victim?

Review of SUNSET IN OLD SAVANNAH (Secrets of the South Mysteries Book 4) by Mary Ellis

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: March 27, 2017 Formats: eBook (354 pages), Paperback (352 pages), and Hardcover Large Print (released May 17, 2017) | ASIN: B01N2JWUIA, ISBN: 9780736969178, and ISBN: 9781410499813 | Series: Secrets of the South Mysteries | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy Harvest House Publishers

 

Thoughts:

In reading SUNSET IN OLD SAVANNAH (Secrets of the South Mysteries Book 4) by Mary Ellis, I am uncovering more books to read inside this funny, mystery-laden series!

Working inside Price Investigations, we are on a case where infidelity leads to murder. As we are grasping at clues, digging up suspects, and falling in love, we’re taking chances, facing danger, and at times, coming into narrow escapes from creepy characters.

The senior investigator is Elizabeth Kirby, and she is forming a reason for this hire before meeting our client. However, once she meets Evelyn Doyle, the costly divorce case she’s envisioning hits a few bumps. Yes, this socialite believes her wealthy husband is cheating, but she is not looking to net his money. Evelyn Doyle wants to win her husband’s heart, again. As this couple is not young nor is their marriage, they are not just suffering the loss of a honeymoon mentality, but by all accounts, these folks have a time-tested relationship where mistakes can be overcome. Nevertheless, can the known meet the unknown in relationship issues and still find forgiveness?

Meanwhile, Michael Preston was once the newest member of the team, and Elizabeth Kirby, in fact, trained him. Michael is coming into his own with investigations, and his accounting skills and computer investigation techniques bring more scope into the facts. His findings will outweigh her take at times, but his feelings for her seem to grow with his admiration of her. Again, their boss determining to uncover the facts teams them up only the truth is hiding away from their home office.

Traveling together brings other problems into a case that can make or break working relationships. Add to this, the lies and secrets interjected by the death of their latest subject and the guilt piles on even as we meet the newest member of Price Investigations.

Having been introduced to this series inside book four, SUNSET IN OLD SAVANNAH (Secrets of the South Mysteries Book 4), I fell in love with two characters falling love. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the Price Investigations team and to learning their stories!

 

 
***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

SUNSET IN OLD SAVANNAH (Secrets of the South Mysteries Book 4) by Mary Ellis turns a broken vow into a twister and the price of a misstep can be murder!

Evelyn Doyle is an upper crusted member of the elite living on Tybee Island. As her husband has been stepping out on her, she decides to hire an outside investigator to find out the facts. Her years of this marriage tell her this misstep can be a midlife crisis. He is not a womanizer by nature, and she is willing to forgive once everything is on the table.

Price Investigations is now on a potential divorce case, but it is not the standard fare as they usually trend.

The two investigators assigned are Elizabeth Kirby and Michael Preston. These two make great friends and a great team, but things can get rocky inside a case where death comes into the mix. Their case moves swiftly from a routine investigation to them searching for a killer while keeping an open mind about the innocence of their client becomes impossible.

A husband dies from unnatural causes, and the prime suspect isn’t far from home. Evelyn’s knowledge of his affair plus her hiring of private investigators makes her the police chief’s target.

Price Investigation’s roster of suspects is growing rapidly while the police chief’s focus does not seem to budge.

From sleazy business arrangements and their cohorts to a black sheep brother, the murderous pool increases even beyond the kept woman and her friends.

The firm’s reputation is getting more cases than it can handle, and the boss puts out a call for them to make another investigative hire. In walks, Kaitlyn Webb whose past comes to meet present and danger hovers all around!

Will everyone survive to bring the guilty party to justice?

 

Review of BURIED SECRETS by Rachel J Good

Publisher: Realms (Charisma House) | Published: March 7, 2017 | Format: eBook (306 pages) and Paperback (306 pages) | ASIN: B01HX2U3SQ and ISBN: 9781629989532 | Series: Sisters and Friends | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy NetGalley

Thoughts:

In BURIED SECRETS by Rachel J Good, Emma Esh is impulsive, speaks up for herself, and can be honest to a fault, but she is not a complete person by her own standards.

Everyone has his or her yesteryear, but Emma remembers today and only parts her past. She wants to know why things happen to her but much of her is too scared to find out. She is well despite an accident that could have left her dead, but her memory of at least a year before is missing adding trauma inside those days of recovery to steal her playful personality.

Now, while living with her sister to help with her expected twins, Emma cannot but feel the pressure of censure by her sibling’s voice or a need to change by Lydia’s open disapproval.

Emma is prone to speak up even in her childhood years, but although she is mature, her father is evasive, her mother is harsh, and her sister acts as if she is still childlike. Something about that lost year froze them in time even as Emma became a young woman! All this could be due to her irrational fears, reclusiveness, or even from Emma’s perceived frailty, but her sister’s cringe-worthy looks, stares, and spoken thoughts suggest something more.

From the garden to a dog, her quiet life becomes anything but once she meets the family member of her neighbor.

Meanwhile, Samuel Troyer is here to help his onkel Eli with planting and harvesting since the death of his wife and to allow his own heart to heal. Sam’s betrothed was unfaithful, and he is not ready to court yet. However, a former stray dog brings him into the most uncomfortable situations with a beautiful woman next door.

Her laughter is contagious, as her smile is a blast of sunshine. However, what draws him to her is that she is unlike many meek Amish women searching for a spouse. Emma Esh is like a breath of fresh air to a wounded heart. However, his time around her seems to bring out something from her past that keeps him at times distant and at other times running to her aide.

Despite all of this, her strengths remain her honesty and her personality. No, maybe he was not ready to feel something for another, at this point in his life, but he wonders.

When does fear become a social problem anyway?

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

BURIED SECRETS by Rachel J Good brings a woman from death’s door into a murky past to live a better life. Moreover, one man takes her from panic to fortitude in embracing it.

Emma Esh is a survivor, but the shards of trauma have her life at a standstill.

As she helps her sister and brother-in-law prepare for the expected twins, Emma understands true love. A desire for her life to be different from the sum of her fear grows, but her courage is weak. When a stranger next door helps Emma gain strength to face her issues, a visitor from the past reemerges, and her sister’s twins come early!

As the family assembles with this news, the lines from past and present blur revealing painful secrets to keep Emma stuck inside of her mistakes.

How can love ever thrive in such a desolate place?

Review of SACRED LOVE: A Journey of Singleness, Belonging, and Finding True Love by Claudia Cantrell with Kim P. Davis

Publisher: New Hope Publishers | Published: December 5, 2016 | Formats: eBook (144 pages) and Paperback (144 pages) | ASIN: B01M8GSGQ5 and ISBN: 9781625915146 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy New Hope Publishers

 

Thoughts:

SACRED LOVE: A Journey of Singleness, Belonging, and Finding True Love by Claudia Cantrell with Kim P. Davis brings us along in life. From heartbreak through pain and family issues unto death and beyond wading through career struggles and failures, we will see into our own journeys through anger, forgiveness, doubt, fear, mistakes, wishes for a do-over, wanting acceptance, and needing repentance. All the while, we sort through our emotions and realize our need of letting go.

Her life story highlights struggles in the same areas for all of us, in varying degrees at different points in time. What sometimes will seem so very right will seem all so very wrong as we fight for control that we’ve never had and would be happier without. Why can’t we just let it go?

I highly recommend Claudia Cantrell’s story as she brings Scripture into our focus and into our interaction with others, using God’s Word throughout the stages of life.

It is humbling to see yourself in this read and to find through your own experience that it is too easy to take the lead. Due to pride, want, and self-sufficiency to the extreme, we take our own directions when what we really need to do is follow instead. Inside you will find many points where you relate to her struggle, and to your own surprise, you will say that was I too! All the while, you will learn through Biblical terms where you need to take heed inside of your current day.

Claudia Cantrell with Kim P. Davis will take you into Claudia’s life and out of your own, placing you where you need to be on your own journey.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

SACRED LOVE: A Journey of Singleness, Belonging, and Finding True Love by Claudia Cantrell with Kim P. Davis introduces us to Claudia Cantrell. Her amazing career spans continents inside the medical industry to land an amazing story of her life.

In happy times and crushing times, we are her traveling companions as she tries to find love while she’s missing the love of God. She is semi-faithful and fully damaged through pain, mistakes, self-doubt, and solitude. Overpowered in her spiritual life, she runs aground in both success and failure as guilt leaves its miles long trail until Claudia surrenders, and then she finds a better way of life because through Jesus Christ she finds true love.

SACRED LOVE: A Journey of Singleness, Belonging, and Finding True Love by Claudia Cantrell with Kim P. Davis is a chronicle providing a call to us. Will we begin our own sojourn toward repentance, transformation, and surrender?

 

Review of A TEMPORARY FAMILY by Sherri Shackelford

Publisher: Love Inspired Historicals | Paperback Published: March 7, 2017 and eBook Published: March 1, 2017 | Format: Paperback (288 pages) and eBook (288 pages) | ISBN: 9780373425150 and ASIN: B01IP8FI3M | Series: Prairie Courtships | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Love Inspired Historical

 

Thoughts:

Inside A TEMPORARY FAMILY by Sherri Shackelford, we travel back to the end of the civil war. Where the Gold Rush blends into the Western way of life and pioneers build towns or leave them abandoned, a stagecoach brings weary travelers toward their destination as trouble lurks around the corner.

However, when criminals plow into the lives of law-abiding folk any day becomes even more dangerous!

Tilly Hargreaves should be happy this war ended, but with the end of these horrid conflicts, the end of her employment arrives. The men returning from war are back at their jobs casting Tilly out of the office and into the home. Tilly is far from her peers inside the domestic affairs as sewing, baking, and cooking, but she found her niche working in her father’s law firm. Her job provided no pay, but she was not doing other homemaker chores either.

Her life is taking on more changes and not all are good.

Her sister, Eleanor, will be closer in location due to the death of her husband. While she loves her sister, her insistent critiques are not a thing to love, but for now, she’s traveling with just her three nieces. Although the stagecoach travel is rough, Tilly enjoys time with the children. Everything is going just fine until one of her nieces becomes ill.

This sickness begins a chain of events that will not leave everyone secure. In fact, she’s hard-pressed to believe they will make it out alive.

Meanwhile, Nolan West’s quest for solitude brings him to work for a stagecoach line at a remote relay station in an abandoned town. He deals with people just briefly enough to attend to their needs before they’re off to their next stop.

With an empty town around him, Nolan hopes to heal from his time as a prisoner. He was on the wrong side, of course, and was not far into the war when captured. Watching others around him die and his remaining alive facing the various afflictions of his confinement left him different, but Nolan is beginning to believe he may never change back to the man he once had been. His new idiosyncrasies drove him away from his father and away from civilization.

Today proceeds as any other day would have until a little girl becomes too ill to travel, but the stagecoach still must make it to the next stop. One woman and three children can be hard on his need for peace and quiet, but the empty town has more than enough quiet space until this situation passes.

However, three armed men on horseback bring even more trouble.

A gold shipment is to come through his town, and these criminals will intercept it without any fear of using Nolan and his charges as hostages. Nolan sees a chance to help keep this family safe. Posing as Tilly’s husband enables him to constantly be with them, but this makes him fight to keep his own nightmares away. All too soon, he goes from needing to be alone to never being able to leave Tilly and the children while these men up the ante with menacing and threats.

Will they survive these days before the even shipment arrives? What will happen to them once the gold is here?

 

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview: 

A TEMPORARY FAMILY by Sherri Shackelford begins at a stagecoach relay station and feeding stop inside an abandoned town where guests quickly come and go.

Nolan West relishes this quiet as he copes with being a former prisoner of the Civil War, but a sick girl, her siblings along with their aunt is about to change everything. Clearly, this couldn’t get more uncomfortable for him, but he cannot change the course of events.

However, some things have a way of changing all by themselves once the unexpected looms.

Tilly Hargreaves is grateful for the place to stay through this child’s illness, but the standoffish stagecoach man is not at all happy. She can understand why a man would feel so, and she tries to lessen the awkwardness through conversation. However, this seems to make him even more distant. Content with his stance, she tends to these children best as she can.

Mr. West seems more on edge the minute more men show up.

It does not take her long to see their exchange unfold and understand these men aren’t friends and in fact, they’re outlaws. One mistakes Tilly as Nolan’s wife, and he sticks to the claim. This distant man just puts himself with her and the girls to save them and keep himself as their protector.

Meanwhile, this bargain is sure to have a higher cost for all involved.

The more these two are together the more they realize all they do not have. Will their goals change or will they never live to see any of them through?

Review of ANNIE’S RECIPE by Lisa Jones Baker

Publisher: Zebra (Kensington) | Published: February 28, 2017 | Format: eBook (352 pages) and Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01GBAG58S and ISBN: 9781420141542 | Series: Hope Chest of Dreams (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Thoughts:

ANNIE’S RECIPE by Lisa Jones Baker is an Amish tale where past and present meet to put a future into question! Can romance come from the ruins?

The practice of shunning is a disciplinary tactic, but these consequences may leave a community partially divided. However, the hardest hit will always be the children of those sanctioned.

A childhood ripping apart leaves scars.

We journey into the deepest point of view from happiest of times to a painstaking end as a wedding brings community and family together. Although, no one expects to see one cousin and former member, but Levi Miller brings a smile just for Annie Mast making her childhood seem only yesterday.

Her best friend from those younger years stands before her as an English man now. It is amazing that despite these differences, Levi is the same friend as before. He is kind, sweet, funny, and still protective of Annie. Their time-honored friendship did not suffer from ravages of time but rather from hardships associated with his parents, but their personal relationship is still an easy one.

However, as joyous as the earlier years were, those later years are shackled to his family’s heartbreak. His father is a shunned man pushing the family out of their community and out their lives.

Seeing Annie Mast swells Levi Miller’s heart, and their friendship is too easy to renew.

How can he care this much for Annie and at the same time be angry at the whole Amish community for their horrid betrayal? He was old enough to understand why they packed their things to leave without a goodbye, but he was too young to comprehend how punishments could be so cruel. His family is at peace with it all and doing well, but for Levi, his heart never mends.

As much as visiting his best friend is a balm for the past, their connection is growing to a place where it cannot survive.

He can’t stay inside this community, and she cannot leave.

Could this return leave Levi more brokenhearted than his leaving years ago? Will feelings become their own source of resentment? Can friendship ever become more?

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside ANNIE’S RECIPE, author Lisa Jones Baker brings dreams to life as circumstances move from good to bad!

Within ten years time, things change but another remains the same. Problems seem different in retrospect and harder to bridge as time moves along, but other issues come into play once the young grow up and life choices mean for life.

Returning to his former hometown, Levi Miller is an English man, and while his arrival is well received, his family would not be welcome here. His father was shunned from this Amish community. However, he is here for a cousin’s wedding and an informal type of closure to life that used to belong to him too. His early years brought him much joy and a faithful friend, but seeing Annie Mast all grown up is something he simply was not expecting.

Yet this youngster is now a woman and her personality is even more endearing.

Meanwhile, Annie Mast is sure that rumors already started. Her being with this friend years ago was not a problem, but today, it can very much become an issue inside her Amish community. His being English is not her only problem. Annie’s issue is that Levi Miller shows himself as just a grown up version of her sweet friend.

They have shared memories and a painful past colliding only to bloom!

Her parents worry she is falling away from her faith, but she is falling in love. Annie prays these emotions will go away. Can one prayer’s answer lead to a life-changing event?

On the other hand, is her faith being tested against the world?

Review of ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God by Laura Davis Werezak

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: February 21, 2017 | Format: eBook (223 pages) and Hardcover (240 pages) | ASIN: B01F1UD64U and ISBN: 9781455541485 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy Faith Words

Thoughts:

ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God by Laura Davis Werezak drops you into a very different set-up and meaning of this one word. Really? Seriously? Yep!

This Inspirational read takes you from a dictionary explanation into the Biblical sense of the word in a simple, fast, and direct way. While you are there, you will begin to see things differently, approach things in a deliberate way, and come closer to faith in devotion. As this author is aware, today’s world will move you without you even realizing it.

Have you noticed?

One sound will have anyone look at their “smartphone” in the middle of a face-to-face conversation while another alert will have someone walking with their head down and eyes focusing on something other than their surroundings. From worry to a never-ending to-do list, we interact with our world much different today from ever before. However, being in a hyper-state of contact is costing us a great deal. We are filling the emptiness with noise and the search for peace with activity.

You stop to wonder about why, and you will come up short on answers.

Meanwhile, we are moving away from what our soul longs for and needs. We are sidetracking and very much snarling ourselves in duties, responsibilities, friendships, follows, and the instant gratification ways of today that we don’t recognize God in our daily lives.

God is there, wanting you to move closer.

You can discover where you are on the road of faith and come closer than you could imagine by a mindset based upon on the Bible. As the author shows through her own experience, sometimes even by doing the “right” things you will not get to where you need to be. However, by small adjustments in your mindset, stance, and expectations, you will move and stretch toward God and understand the true meaning of your soul need.

Take deliberate steps to accept a peace that is all around us by simply learning the real meanings of Attend, and you’ll find God there for you!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Laura Davis Werezak’s ATTEND: Forty Soul Stretches Toward God provides forty everyday and practical ways to encounter God in today’s never stop engaging world. These simple reminders of life outside of today’s tech-filled ways bring a newness to leaning toward God and bring daily rituals into focus. When the road you are traveling moves your presence away from God, it’s an easy path back to feel God’s Presence every day.

Simple exercises and steps will stretch you from underneath the heap of distractions to make something as simple as opening a window a way toward GOD!

 

 

Review of RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Revell | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook (337 pages), Paperback (336 pages)and Hardcover (338 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01LZ80SI4, ISBN: 9780800727444, ISBN: 9780800728625, and Audio ASIN: B01MS7CHG7 | Series: Montana Rescue (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of NetGalley

 

Thoughts:

Inside RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren, we are thrown into the thunderous lives of Deputy Sam Brooks—the Search and Rescue police liaison—and the PEAK Rescue team of Montana!

Deputy Sam Brooks lives with hurt and anger that strangles his heart within his family drama. His mother’s cancer struggle heaps more traumas on a life that he keeps calm on purpose. At least one of the two Brooks sons is predictable. His brother, Pete Brooks is a whole different story, and he is Sam’s forever problem. Creating an intersection between love and hate, Pete adds trouble and pain to mix with poor choices and adrenaline junkie tendencies keeping Sam somewhere between finding and fixing him.

Meanwhile, Willow Rose is a youth leader hoping to occupy the youth pastor position, but she comes with qualification problems. From education to a previous mistake that put herself and her charges in danger, a while back, she still has much to prove to take the lead. Her youth group activities are her life now, and that is the way she wants it. Willow understands these kids and is having a positive effect on them.

She has no distractions, although the man Willow loves is dating her sister, Sierra.

Her sister’s heart is on the mend from having been shredded by another, and she deserves Sam Brooks. He is better suited for her, and Willow does not have the time to waste anywhere other than her career building challenge until danger calls and Sam Brooks and Willow find themselves in an intimate moment where everything changes! Willow knows he must love her sister while Sam is positive that Sierra is the more stable and predictable sibling, right?

Sierra was not available at that moment, but happenstance put Willow there. As usual, she is wearing her heart for the world to see, and this gets worse by those few minutes in his arms. However, it only becomes more difficult once her career takes a major hit.

The new youth Pastor comes on the next youth outing while Sierra and Sam will too until Sierra pulls the unpredictable!

Once danger strikes, again, we will wonder about where everything is leading. Will everyone survive? Can Sam and Willow come to a correct and happy resolution in this unexpected family drama?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

RESCUE ME (Montana Rescue Book 2) by Susan May Warren places Deputy Sam Brooks between the Mercy Falls Sheriff’s Department and the PEAK Rescue Team as a Police Liaison.

However, drama and danger worsen as winter closes in on Montana!

Two brothers share a deadly past but are now on the same team. Forgiveness stays far behind them. Sam Brooks fights to keep life from falling apart while a perfect relationship with Sierra Rose cannot get off the ground. His brother struts in to act as if he can control the world. He can’t. Sam’s father paid the ultimate price for his dangerous ways. Now, his mother’s cancer builds in more resentment for Peter’s selfish inclinations.

Meanwhile, Willow’s upbringing provides labels of hippie, rash, and flighty, but she is a dedicated group leader wanting to be more in her church. Willow hopes to attain the position of youth Pastor. There is more to be done to prove her worthy, after a dangerous mess up. However, she is confident her relationships and bonds she maintains with these kids will win the day. She understands them and helps them reach for the stars while keeping Biblically sound.

Not wanting any disastrous relationship issues to interfere with her new career, she keeps clear of Deputy Sam Brooks.

A dangerous storm and a group outing collide. These two face danger together. They realize their opposite personalities could just become their strong suit as feelings emerge. However, they must outlive the harsh weather conditions and keep everyone else alive to make any lasting changes!

Review of RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: ebook January 10, 2017 and paperback February 1, 2017 | Formats: eBook (354 pages) and Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01M0GH06Y and ISBN: 9780736966559 | Series: The Remnant Series | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Harvest House Publishers

 

Thoughts:

Inside RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman, we are deeper into the future without everything we have today. This grim take off on our dependence on technology, electricity, and running water will make us view our current standard of living as soft and pampered!

Again, we must ask ourselves would anything like this become our catastrophic ending, and how would we survive?

Life inside contemporary, Texas without air conditioning, telephone, medical supplies, medications, and groceries is not only bleak but also dangerous. Without access to emergency services crime doesn’t spike, it soars out of control while fires and explosions take lives and ravage neighborhoods, towns, and cities. The creature comforts of the recent past feel like a light-year away in this time warped future, but the worst is yet to come.

Shelby Sparks has one son, and Carter Sparks is an insulin-dependent diabetic. Without it, Carter can’t survive. He has enough for this month. What will he do for next month and the one after that? There is no drug manufacturer to contact and no future supply to arrive.

With the help of Max Berkman and a few friends, Shelby tries to get to Austin, Texas. However, the fuel for this trip is as hard to get as gold while the streets, highways, and bridges are littered with abandoned vehicles, walking wounded, anarchists, and criminals. Worse could not even happen until they begin to wonder if they can trust each other as things start to deteriorate even more.

Someone may not be the person you believe him or her to be while others may not always be trustworthy. Instincts are not always correct and logic does not always follow a path. Few stereotypical depictions will show the faults of others, but sometimes, the main surprise is the expectation.

When a government is not always out to help you, the Remnant will still be there.

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

RAGING STORM (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman overlays the solar flare destruction of our grid with lawlessness, anarchy, coup attempts, and desperation that follows it all!

Shelby Sparks is safe with her son, Carter. However, for how long? Supplies will run low, and somehow they need to get more insulin for Carter or he will not survive. At a farm with Max Berkman, Shelby has the basics of food and a stream of water, but other items of the past are long gone. Staying hunkered down is not going to make insulin appear for the next month or the next year. Shelby needs to get into a city where a supply could be and the capital has the best chances of having one.

She with Max and friends move out of safety and into harm’s way not knowing what encounters lay ahead, but quickly, these folks realize the stabilization of a government is part of the past. The carnage, wreckage, and despair they encounter can not only shake faith and break a heart, but it could easily take the life of one they love.

Here they come to face situations inside Austin, Texas of life and death to learn that America isn’t the only one in chaos. This is a world event, and what they came for seems like no more than a dream turning nightmare.

When it becomes clear whom they can trust and whom they must break away from, it will be a do or die endeavor!

Now, we wonder, is this to be our future?

Review of TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber

Publisher: Zebra | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook and Mass Market (288 pages) | ASIN: B01FBZXPDM and ISBN: 9781420137651 | Series: A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Zebra

 

Thoughts:

TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber brings us into an Amish community where dreams of marriage proposals and first loves come alive in 1903.

Anna Plank is living a new life inside Berlin, Ohio’s Amish community. Her first love’s relationship is years old, and things are progressing toward a lasting relationship with some hiccups along the way. She’s managing Grace’s Dry Goods Shop and works with her schweschder, Leah, while her widowed Mamm is working at the General Store. She enjoys the closeness to her family as they work and care for their home.

However, a marriage proposal hits Anna with not only surprise but much trepidation as well. She and Noah Schwartz have hit a rough patch. Now, it wasn’t the best time for their marriage to begin. In fact, his demeanor as of late is far from loving, and Anna’s irritation is growing. This was not a one-sided relationship before, but it does seem to be tilting that way.

When his proposal comes too quickly, with a stipulation that they would be moving, Anna’s need for time to think only grows. Her doubts are closing in around her, and she could think of nothing else until he demands an answer as he scheduled to leave for Lancaster with or without her.

Brokenhearted and confused, she continues on a solitary life, but the newest young man inside the community manages to put a smile on her face.

Daniel Bontrager is faithful, gracious, kind, selfless, and handsome, but now was not the time for such thoughts. It would be unseemly for Anna to seem as if she moves from one to another, and his friendship grows to include her family as well.

Does love just sneak up on the unsuspecting?

For Anna, it seems to do just that until Noah returns to declare his intentions to her.

Meanwhile, for Daniel Bontrager, Noah’s return to the community creates more problems than he could ever imagine!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

TWO SUITORS FOR ANNA (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel Book 3) by Molly Jebber is a historical, Amish novel bringing life to 1903 inside Ohio’s Amish community. Anna Plank dreams of a wedding and her close-knit family being a new beginning, but she would never have even thought of it as an ending!

Unfortunately, she faces this circumstance with much indecision as her longtime love is presenting marriage with an unthinkable catch. Her community and family believe Noah and she will wed as their course charted this way for some years now. However, Noah’s personality once endearing has become demanding, and his inconsiderate proposal is breaking Anna’s heart.

Should a bride need to choose to leave her family and community to marry and live elsewhere? How could Noah Schwartz expect this when his own Mamm is a widow as is hers?

Choices for Anna are to remain the same or move on. Noah now says he is going on this trip with or without her, and he demands an answer! Can love stand still or does it need to grow?

While Daniel Bontrager’s arrival in Berlin, Ohio is a painful one, he is making the right decision. His family has dwindled through death, and his bruder’s house is now empty. Jonathan’s close community extends much welcome to Daniel, and he meets a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, she is spoken for, but he does enjoy friendship with her and her family.

Once her beau leaves, his faith is called upon to understand his feelings for her and how best to handle them.

When does a past end so that a future begins?

Review of STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor (Book #2) by Dani Pettrey

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Published: January 31, 2017 | Formats: eBook (353 pages), Paperback (352 pages)and Hardcover (354 pages) | ASIN: B01M6W47W7, ISBN: 9780764212956, and Hardcover: 9780764230073 | Series: Chesapeake Valor (Book #2) | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor Book #2 by Dani Pettrey stages photography, mystery, and suspense in such a way that keeps you guessing, all the while bringing characters closer to love!

Avery Tate knows hardship, love, photography, and crime scene investigation, but her past and future collide with heartbreaking results. Avery is out of crime scene investigation but gut-wrenching circumstances bring her back onto the scene when a friend goes missing.

Skylar Pierce is turning her life around and scoring big in the process. Sky lands a modeling gig inside the same industry that shuns Avery, but she’ll muddle through to support her friend even when Avery is facing some unsavory people. However, she is the only one at the show who cares about Sky. The photographer cares about his ego, and Avery’s background comes to haunt her in a worrisome way. The FBI and the police won’t take this case seriously. She’s the only one willing to find out more about a grisly photograph that one artist wants to be trashed while the gallery owner tries to keep his own reputation stain free among the industry elite.

There really is only one person she can call to process a scene that nobody cares about, but it comes with a cost.

Parker Mitchell knows crime scenes, and he used to have Avery Tate working by his side. However, she left. He knows it is for the best, and he knows he’s far from a person ready for something more. His heart does not believe it, and his courage to talk with her is waning until she calls him.

The pain in her eyes, the hurt on her face, and the case that no one believes in brings Parker near-at-hand and maybe even just a bit closer to understanding himself before this case takes another direction.

He could lose Avery for good!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside STILL LIFE Chesapeake Valor Book #2 by Dani Pettrey, Avery Tate’s photography controversy is already behind her—in fact, she’s making another entrance into this field only to help a friend, but her friend is gone!

The grotesque exhibit is enough to steal Avery’s breath away, but she stays anyway. Problems begin once her friend who models don’t show and her photo becomes the center of attention when the artist denies this shot as his own. From stolen art to new creations and to the missing and the found this romantic suspense tale brings two people back together to solve the crime.

However, the past lay out before them putting emotions on display and time is moving fast. When someone gains a target everything changes and danger comes near!

 

Review of I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt

Publisher: Zondervan | Published: January 24, 2017 | Format: eBook and Paperback (288 pages) | ASIN: B01CXDN5LM and ISBN: 9780310339809 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt cuts to the heart of the problems facing today’s woman. When everything from looks to likes and popularity to education is being looked at, compared to, and struggled toward, this author shows us that we are enough as we are, where we are, and how we are through Him!

As we try to please everyone else, we deny ourselves the opportunities to be who He created us to be through Him.

We point to the many ways this is better, that is better, and there is better than whom, what, and where, but we place our hope in things that are overlooked by Him. He sees inside. We compare ourselves to others, and we are forgetting a simple fact. There is no one else like us in this world. Michele Cushatt makes it easy to see that you are you, I am I, and He loves us just the way we are. Worthy describes us already. In this world, laudability is forever changing because there is always someone more than the last. However, in His eyes, we are beautifully the way He designed us to be.

We will begin to see ourselves as we are known to Him to reverse our own negative self-talk, views, and judgments using Scriptures, prayers, and personal stories to remember that we are enough!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

No matter what we do, how we do it, or why it is needed, a woman will question themselves, their capabilities, and their strength to get it done.

She will compare herself to her counterparts using society’s barometer in every comparison as she questions her worthiness. In today’s world where more is never enough and where there is always more to do, a woman struggles to be better than what is seen, shown, or lauded as she questions herself every step of the way. Am I enough?

However, the brutality of cancer changed Michele Cushatt in all the ways she could think of and then some while casting a soul-searching discovery of herself, despite pitfalls of everyday life with this changed woman. Forced to unlearn her own negative self-talk, multi-societal opinions, and her actual old life, she begins to believe what God sees and forgive herself too. Her faith is tested only to rebound, and she becomes even more faithful and forever closer to Him.

Michele Cushatt stopped her roller-coaster ride to realize her value is not found in talents, goals, marriages, motherhood, or looks. It is found in His creation and as He chooses us to be.

His promises are real and all around us!

Review of BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: January 10, 2017 | Formats: eBook (336 pages), Paperback, Hardcover, and Audio | ASIN: B01CXE9T7U, ISBN: 9780718083809, ISBN: 9780718090418, Audio CD ISBN: 9781531833718 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

In BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Colleen Coble, we are on tour with a band from Ireland called Ceol, and in spite of the perils of fame, we visit romance at its finest until danger’s explosion changes everything!

Alanna Connolly is a young, pregnant widow lost without a connection in this world to call her own besides her band mates. With Liam gone, her grief is all encompassing, but she is carrying their baby. He is her anchor. Trying to patch together a family from Liam’s side, she tries to lighten their grief by telling them of the baby. However, this development is just what this powerful family uses to keep her latched. Her Irish past wasn’t the norm in the nation, and they plan to use it against her, but she will not let them take her baby.

Her band manager steps up and offers her a business proposal. He’ll marry her to help get her a U. S. citizenship to keep herself out of their clutches while she takes her time to grieve and begin again.

While this marriage of convenience seems to be the answer, Alanna is a vulnerable foreigner in Charleston, SC with doubts about many things, and her grief is playing havoc with her heart, mind, and sensibility. Her band mates help to keep her grounded, but with everything from gators to human screams, these pages keep turning as we wonder about those close to home!

***This opinion is my own.***

 

 

Preview:

Colleen Coble shadows Charleston, South Carolina in danger throughout BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE.

A foreigner in the United States is grief-stricken by the loss of her husband. The light was just beginning to shine brightly on Ceol, a Celtic band, under new management. A powerful explosion makes Alanna Connolly a pregnant, widow with no family and few friends. Alanna is longing to be in Ireland to raise her child, but her husband’s family is powerful with connections. Not waiting to see her father-in-law carry out his threat, she runs.

Her band manager makes a deal that will protect her and the baby, but she has doubts before she signs. Unfortunately, she’s out of options.

This man extends a helping hand to her complete with his home and his name to get Alanna out of harm’s way from Liam’s family.

Is this all there is to the story?

Although she had met her husband through his best friend, she dislikes the man. Jesse is the only survivor of one fateful night so that he is not a friend to Alanna. A man with his reputation is still walking the earth while the good man that was her husband is gone. He is her enemy. Wanting nothing to do with Jesse Hawthorne, she keeps her distance, but he does not follow her lead.

Is guilt eating at him or is there more manipulation in Jesse than anyone really knows?

He wants to be a band member, and Alanna will not accept this. However, she does not have the sole decision, and the manager isn’t forbidding his inclusion. Why? Stuck in a horrid situation with all the pain it brings she slides backward into grief and loses some of her reality in the process. Then it all becomes clear to her.

She’s in danger, and the spotlight is shining brightly in Charleston instead of Ireland!

Review of FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) by Jen Turano

Publisher: Gilead Publishing | Published: November 15, 2016 Formats: eBook (320 pages), Paperback (320 pages), and Hardcover Large Print (releasing March 2017) 500 pages | ASIN: B01KIRR2JG, ISBN: 9781683700050, and ISBN: 9781683242710 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) is first in a series by Jen Turano, and I’m looking forward to Book 2!

This read is a best-selling, historical author’s first published title inside the contemporary market. With a hard act to follow from her previous quirky characters, she meets that challenge and surpasses the goal all the while adding mystery to her contemporary repertoire.

Margo Hartman is an international Pop Star on the lam. She is finding her celebrity, burnout inducing lifestyle trying and exhausting, and her tyrant stage mother is excessive and burdensome. Margo needs a change to recharge, to review, and to rediscover her. Somewhere under all the glitz that is glamor, Margo hides. She is young and vibrant but not ready for another tour. She loves singing, but she does not enjoy the theatrics of the press.

Outrunning family, paid help, bodyguards, and paparazzi, she manages to get herself in a country living experiment. A city-bred well to do should not be enjoying the ride, but Margo can breathe here. Despite this enjoyment, her lack of recent driving experience catches her in some trouble. On an Amish county road, she hits a duck, makes a friend, and uncovers the dangers of being without a bodyguard!

If a camera shot appears in the tabloids or a press hound is her only problem, she would be safe, but she wouldn’t have met a Sheriff’s deputy. However, he doesn’t seem to believe a word she says.

Brock Moore is a temporary deputy pursuing a case that means too much to let go. The tricky part of this undercover, FBI assignment comes once a woman walks in wearing a laundry list of high-priced merchandise while trying to portray herself as just passing by. However, her name is something she will not reveal, but then she matches a famed cartoon character. How does she not understand this alone would make anyone suspicious?

Cute and funny only go so far when a car accident leaves a victim and a shooter targets this same person. A stalled case and a new crime meet up in a town where secrets are still hiding!

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) by Jen Turano reveals the price of fame, the penalty of a media spotlight, and pondering if it’s all even worth it.

When Margo Hartman takes an unscheduled vacation, she does it with her telephone off and a little planning. Her tour is over, and the handler of this International Pop Star is abusing her privilege. Unfortunately, Margo can fire talent, but she can’t terminate a mother status. Carolyn Hartman does not understand the meaning of no in money, interviews, concerts, tours, and Margo’s time. She’s relentless and will buy off anyone in her way. Since Margo is making the money, she can’t buy her, but she does pay her staff to do her “favors”. This last debacle was a road never taken before, and it won’t be taken now.

All is going along fine, until an accident, a duck, and a police deputy run into Margo. It happens when doing right can bring out something wrong and life can go crazy fast.

Brock Moore finds the newest visitor attractive, but her mode of dress and her comic strip name lends plenty of suspicions. However, it is the town stories that really seal the deal, and he begins to follow her. His being around tends to make her nervous, but once the sound of a bullet explodes, this case comes dangerously close.

From strangers to inseparable, the mystery deepens as these two get closer to the secrets hidden in this small town.

Review of TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED … INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women Debora M. Coty

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | eBook Published: November 1, 2016 and Hardcover Published: January 1, 2017 | Format: eBook (384 pages), Hardcover (384 pages) | ASIN: B01LZPOCKP and ISBN: 9781634098106 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy Shiloh Run Press

 

Thoughts:

In TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED … INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women, Debora M. Coty provides humor, worship, praise, readings, prayer, and Scripture encouragement inside today’s go fast world.

You’ll find chuckles along with belly laughs as you walk with Debora for your quick dose of “Papa” God time. The pages turn as you connect in such a family way, and you will relate to the stories of everyday life and bring praise to our Creator of Life! As fun as it is different plus heartwarming to boot, you will worship Him as you are refreshing you.

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED … INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women by Debora M. Coty brings into focus many situations arising within Christian living. From family and work issues to what about us needs His correction as we are going about something all wrong to find hope, humor, and faith in short bursts of devotion, worship, prayer, Scripture, and truth.

 

 

 

Review of TITUS RETURNS (A Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard

Publisher: Zebra | Published: December 27, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Mass Market Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01DRXCGBW and ISBN: 9781420139754 | Series: A Wells Landing Romance | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

Inside TITUS RETURNS (A Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard, we re-enter the Amish life inside Wells Landing, Oklahoma. This homecoming tale is raising enough doubts from all, especially from Titus Lambert!

Throughout these long five years, Titus longs to be here, and his past only intensifies this wish. His dreams of going home did not prepare him for the reality. Those pitfalls iconic dreams ignore snag at him through every place, every resident, every incident, and from the inside every stall. Temptations seem to find him while he hobbles back into faith when he is both battered and broken.

Happiness is elusive through a hardened hard and jaded view and making amends doesn’t change the past, present, or future.

Titus owes many people many things, but Abbie King and her family lost most of everything. On the King farm, he’s not welcome, but shock at what he finds there will bring his good intentions into the ashes. He will pay this debt without regard to the cost.

Meanwhile, honest work may change appearances, but it is true that love and resentment can go hand in hand.

Not everyone’s future takes to changing the past, but Titus is seeking a fresh start, a new life, and forgiveness. Inside the Amish community confusion piles on, crimes follow along, and secrets escape. Can Titus find the forgiveness of a whole community? Alternatively, will he live inside the past that will forever haunt him?

Finding love within the Amish could bring an Englischer into his destiny, but will having a future equal having happiness?

You will fall in love with Titus Lambert and a way of life in this heartwarming read where honesty is the best policy!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

TITUS RETURNS (Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard introduces a different Titus Lambert. While he left as an Amish young man, he returns from Englischer prison walls now emotionally challenged but resilient and still lugging mental, faith, and emotional scars.

His former girlfriend belongs to another, one friend’s death is by his hand, and another will never be able to use his legs because of Titus Lambert’s poor choices. His family strains with him under the roof and his dream to return to a normal life in Wells Landing, Oklahoma shatters before his eyes. Looks and whispers take a toll on Titus while his jailers hold still clings. Despite shows of forgiveness, he realizes things will never be the same.

Where could he even begin?

It is time to make amends despite knowing damages will not fully heal. On the King’s farm, he is warned without regard that he is not wanted on this land. However, Titus will come back because he has to do this. Through hard work and time, he will set right the little he can because this family lost a brother, a son, and are close to losing their farm due to grief, depression, and pain.

In Wells Landing, Oklahoma inside an Amish community, second chances are a fresh start. However, roof leaks and painted walls may help, but the crushing pain of death ends hope before it ever really begins.

Titus Lambert does not get a do-over, but he does find more of himself along the way. Despite guilt, self-loathing, questionings of faith, lack of plans, and that daunting definition of happiness, a real life goes missing but returns as long as honesty remains.

Review of O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay

Publisher: Serenade Books | Published: December 6, 2015 | Formats: eBook (136 pages) | ASIN: B0192AEF2M | Origin: Publisher 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Serenade Books

 

Thoughts:

In O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay, we are moving into Holly Truesdale’s life or lack thereof!

She comes from a household where wealth is the norm and their life revolves around a business. She’s living apart from her family but is far from being a part of them. In fact, Holly’s treatment as an employee at her father’s company and as a child in the other venues is shocking. Some family servants want what is best for her, but she does not really know what that is because the best for her means worse for others.

However, during what should be the happiest time in her life, Holly reaches the last straw. All she wants is out. No longer caring about the damage she leaves behind, like a rebellious teen, she is a runaway without a forwarding address.

Holly is on the road to find a new life with only childlike images and a name to find the place, but she sets out for her freedom inside Bethany.

Meeting new people and some familiar faces, she is on track to gain a life, but she’s not ready for love. Fortunately, the handsome bed and breakfast owner is not either. When things change, the past rears its head, and Holly needs the strength she could never find.

In the meantime, secrets are coming alive, people are leaving as some are arriving, and this perfect holiday is going under and so is her life!

  

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay begins inside Holly Truesdale’s reality.

Dreams beginning in childhood turn to ashes not long afterward. Many years later, Christmas time is here again and those ashes still lay in decay as life conditions deteriorate.

Holly reconstitutes the dream. She gives up her family and their wealth to move on. As part of a new community, Holly’s career and wonderful Christmas holiday are at hand. The quaint town of Bethany with all its amazing residents is her launching pad. Her miracle in the making is giving the very best of what she never had, but it brings her immense joy to be part of this iconic scene. A suitor is not on the horizon, and although Liam is near, she want’s all that he does too.

Now is not the time for anything in the romance department.

Things seem to be changing and while she’s trying to make her own way, the problems with her past resurface, this town’s Grande Dame disappears and returns, and everyone is on edge. Moreover, her dream is beginning to crash, but Holly has some things and some people on her side.

Will she lose everything or will she survive this collision course with history?

Review of CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler’s Corner) by Lynette Eason

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense | eBook Published: December 1, 2016 and Paperback Published: December 6, 2016 | Format: eBook (224 pages), Paperback (224 pages), and Paperback Large Print (224 pages) | ASIN: B01F1R4XKE, ISBN: 9780373447831,  and ISBN: 9780373677924  | Series: Wrangler’s Corner | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler’s Corner) by Lynette Eason brings us into the collision of life and death, as we dodge bullets before tumbling down the embankment.

Suspense lingers from page one, even as a child naps, and climbs higher within each chapter.

Amber Starke is on the run needing to get home by Christmas, but her destination is not for a holiday celebration. Her home base is even more dangerous in this CIA agent’s world. The items she needs await her, but the danger she’s about to bring upon her family means anyone in her path becomes collateral damage. Amber must get her new son to safety. Number two Mom stands in forever for Mom number one, as this autistic child’s world is changing. Her heart aches for Sam as they run from his biological father. However, Amber’s time is too limited, and she must keep moving.

Once lights appear on the dark and snow covered road, we prepare to move from running to fighting, but we do not expect the result of this battle.

There is a leak. Her cover will no longer help, and her handler may be to blame. Amber doesn’t know whom she trusts, but the last thing she and Sam need is someone approaching their vehicle.

Slumping over the steering wheel, Amber sees a shadow move closer. Awake enough for understanding to be at capacity, she has her weapon at the ready.

Meanwhile, the holiday trappings are all around, but this can be deadly to many. Between dangerous weather conditions and careless drivers, Deputy Lance Goode is trying to keep plans with the people who are like family to him. Even with chains on his tires, it is slow going for his vehicle. Two other cars are on this same road, but one moves at an excessive speed. Metal crunching metal will happen if it keeps moving like this.

Before he is able to respond, shots ring out to bring one vehicle into a life-endangering crash.

Lance knows the other driver could return. With his own weapon drawn, he throws his heart over the side of the road as he takes the flight to save a life. His heart breaks when he sees a young child in the back, but it thunders once he realizes who is behind the wheel.

Amber Starke is the black sheep travel writer from a close family, but he already knows there is more to her story. In fact, she is no longer the girl tag along she used to be. Her life is obviously different and his heart will not mend.

Nevertheless, their real story only just begins once more shots explode!

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler’s Corner) by Lynette Eason, Christmas is near, and Amber Starke is on the run from family connections. They do not know her chosen career or the danger in her being around them. As a CIA agent over the years, Amber has made dear friends within the organization and outside of it. Her last informant paid with her life, and her agency is to blame.

Her special needs charge understands that Amber is his new mom, but he doesn’t know that his father’s game of hiding and seek is deadly to all involved, especially to him. Somebody is a leak to this child’s father, and Agent Starke is almost sure it’s her handler and previous friend. However, their up-to-date information is putting her right where she does not want to be.

Amber is home for the holidays, but she is not home to meet with family or celebrate Christmas. In fact, she’s hiding until she obtains all she needs to disappear with Sam for good.

She will lose her own life trying defending her son, even if she has to do it solo.

Deputy Lance Goode is going to spend time with friends until a traffic hazard turns into shots splitting the quiet around him. He sees the result as one car topples off the road and under it. So much for making plans. However, Lance comes face to face with an old friend, a kidnapping victim, and a Federal Agent trying to evade the law.

There is much more to this story, and he would love to understand why this agent turns to crime, but dodging bullets are higher on his list right now. He can not allow this woman and child go to his department.

Now, all of them may need protection from her agency? How many others are on the outside getting her information?

Even crimes by law enforcement officials have consequences, but someone else is after this boy. This autistic child knows information that these people want. However, once they know what he does, they will have no use for him.

Review of THE PATTERN ARTIST by Nancy Moser

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: November 11, 2016 | Formats: eBook (322 pages) and Paperback (320 pages) | ASIN: B01HHJIK9O and ISBN: 9781634097925 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Shiloh Run Press

 

Thoughts:

Throughout THE PATTERN ARTIST by Nancy Moser, we come to know New York City alongside Annie Wood. Her arrival from England, in the year 1911, provides us readers an open door into history!

For Annie, this isn’t a joyous time of exploration.

Annie Wood is an English housemaid. She travels with maidservants, but she often forgets her place in the world, as her land is where the elites rule.

Meanwhile, Annie’s parents are poor and begrudge the wealthy. She wishes for a better life and works for a family to learn and move higher. Travel starts her mind to wander about amazing opportunities until reality closes in like walls around the city. Staying in an American rich household, Annie witnesses much of the same treatment of the help that she endures in her homeland. This type of employment will not last forever. It can’t. The skills and talents that Annie possesses are what her English family enjoys.

More realism crashes upon her as she uncovers the truth. Annie Wood does not become more or even highly paid. This station in life will always be hers. Her dream of employment stalls. Annie makes a decision. She and two other servants leave the house never to return. Facing life in America is both pleasant and unpleasant, but Annie discovers this is leading to her destiny.

However, the social norms of America can be confusing, and her outspoken and sometimes-misspoken ways come with a cost here too.

Will Annie’s words be her worst expense? Alternatively, is her willingness to speak a gift? Some notice in Macy’s comes along, but the good attention lifts her into a wonderful change. She climbs upon a corporate ladder at Butterick Pattern Company with opportunities coming her way. However, Annie must still watch her place in this world as much as her words. Her desire for better may leave her out of in cold. With teetering faith, Annie Wood may tumble.

Will the man who confesses love stay around long enough? Finding a purpose quells her confusion, but changes from within Annie must take place along the way!

***This opinion is my own.***

 

 

Preview:

Annie Wood marvels at how life is different on American soil in THE PATTERN ARTIST by Nancy Moser.

It is 1911, and an English housemaid’s employment options are few. Across the pond will never get better, as her meager class will upend everything.

Annie leaves the only work she’s ever known to find the American dream! By hard work, strength, grit, and determination along with many blessings along the way, this housemaid burns a trail from England to Macy’s leaving her mark on the heart of a salesman. Does Annie Wood belong on the creative side of fashion? This salesman believes she does, and he recommends her for a job inside the famed Butterick Pattern Company.

Annie Wood is not at all sure about this.

From one man’s love announcement to her quick mouth disrupting her own life, Annie Wood needs to make changes. If not, a new career may implode when the present and the past collide to change her future!

 

Review of REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS by Belle Calhoune

Publisher: Love Inspired | Paperback Published: November 22, 2016 and eBook Published: December 1, 2016 | Format: Paperback (224 pages) and eBook (224 pages) | ISBN: 9780373719976 and ASIN: B01I9B93GS | Series: Alaskan Grooms | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

In REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS by Belle Calhoune, we are breathless as Dr. Liam Prescott goes about everyday business in Love, Alaska until he meets his wife!

It was two long years ago when a dangerous mission of search and rescue took her away, and his grief is still raw. He’s raising their young son whom still talks about his mother but doesn’t understand why she is gone. At five years old, Aidan understands that she is with Jesus, but he doesn’t understand much more than this. Most often, Liam doesn’t either.

He lives with an even deeper pain which most of his friends don’t even know. His marriage ended differently than expected. However, when Liam walks into his brother’s office, his life takes an unexpected turn.

Meanwhile, as the man standing next to her explains, Ruby Prescott is learning more about herself. Her confusion is getting worse by the minute, and it nearly overwhelms her once another man enters the room. Breathing becomes hard. She wants to run, but she cannot.

This place is not familiar, these people are mere strangers, and she’s married! How do you love someone that you do not know?

However, her husband is not the only one on this new canvas inside her mind. A child is waiting for a mother, and her bloodline continues with a brother.

Ruby Prescott isn’t sure about any of this. In fact, she is positive that she does not remember this life, her husband, or her son. Was coming here the biggest mistake of her life or will she have to grow used to being the forever stranger among them all? A whisper here, a stare from over there, in addition to her husband and family seeming all too perfect so that it does not take long before Ruby starts to wonder about their secrets.

Once another relative comes to call, some lives may forever change!

 

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview: 

REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS by Belle Calhoune begins two years after Ruby Prescott dies, on paper.

In the most literal sense, Ruby comes back to life in Love, Alaska to find herself. Her fragmented mind leads her here, but she doesn’t understand why. It is only a faint, vague memory from the few that she can see on the protected drive of her mind.

She could be inside this sheriff’s office telling her story, but instead, Ruby’s finding out about her own tale. However, she starts to wonder if any of this is real. Amnesia took her memories, but this confusion is not clearing. Her mind is in upload mode with data that she is unable to process.

Another man walks onto the scene. As the sheriff calms him, Ruby Prescott is losing her ability to cope and breathe.

This man is her husband and looking at him provides her no clues. Married? How can she expect to be a wife when she does not know this man? He claims his child is her child. How could she have a child and not remember him? As her mind’s focus sees an infant in her arms, she is in a panic.

Could this all be mistaken identity?

Coming here was a mistake. She’s unable to care for a child. She cannot stay married to a stranger. What other secrets will her presence unearth?

As a picture is taking shape inside her thoughts, Ruby is frantic. This is not home, this is not her family, and this is not her life.

Review of LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Publisher: New Hope Publishers | Published: October 3, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Paperback (176 pages) | ASIN: B01L82CTRA and ISBN: 9781625915092 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries by Jennifer Kennedy Dean is a wonderful aid in keeping faith focused even during times of trial and fear!

This guide can serve group settings and an individual reader who needs a clear lens of faith during difficult times.

Using Scriptures, prayers, and exercises, this author reminds us that nothing on earth will stop God’s plans and that includes painful times or circumstances whether we are in the beginnings, middles or ends of our path. She details where in the Bible God uses the good and bad of this world for His purposes and reminds us that He continues to do so today.

In reading LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries by Jennifer Kennedy Dean, I realize more in my current times as fear ebbs but trials still flow. Through all of our circumstances, we’ll walk in a more robust faith on this journey!

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside LIVE A PRAYING LIFE®WITHOUT FEAR: Let Faith Tame Your Worries, Jennifer Kennedy Dean explains the fear and the causes of it, but she shows that it isn’t all that it’s supposed to be. God’s Grace and His sovereignty are all inclusive. Nothing is out of His hands. God uses all circumstances in this world to fulfill His purpose and provides His Grace to us in all things. She demonstrates this by using the Bible, Testimony, Scripture, exercises, and prayer.

From group studies to individual readers, the benefits of reading this during the hardest times is faith, understanding, and prayer.

Review of SILENT NIGHT SHADOWS by Sarah Varland

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense | eBook Published: November 1, 2016 and Paperback Published: November 8, 2016 | Format: eBook (224 pages) and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B01F1SCZ3K and ISBN: 9780373447817 | Origin: Author 

 

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Thoughts:

SILENT NIGHT SHADOWS by Sarah Varland begins with suspense as she moves us from under the Christmas lights and into the hands of an abductor, tightening suspense quick in ways we won’t see coming!

Just as one event ends, we are on the run from a hunter’s gunfire as the past assaults us at every turn.

Claire Phillips is back home in Treasure Point where reckless danger almost never exists. She is playing it safe, and although safety can define the word boring, it is what Claire needs and wants. The problem with living on the edge, pumping adrenaline, and taking risks is something she’s seen first hand.

However, it is nowhere she wants to be again.

Her hometown isn’t risky, but it is beautiful. It is home. From her coffee shop to her apartment, she’s okay with being just Claire from Treasure Point, until meaty arms take her from the street and into the bushes.

Meanwhile, Nate Torres is in Treasure Point and has seen Claire Phillips. He is a part of the past that she seems to be on the run from, and he’s not sure of what type of reaction toward him she will display. Sure, his looks are different. Nate has changed much, but he’s sure it will not take long for her to put it all together. When those puzzle pieces fall into to place, he had better do some fast-talking.

Luckily, he’s undercover only somewhat and her knowing his identity won’t get him killed. To all of the townsfolk, he is a photographer, and Claire does not know his career so that should remain positive. He could use her help on this one. It is a balancing act of what he could use her for to knowing how he’s better off keeping her at bay. However, it doesn’t take long for all that to be irrelevant.

In front of him, she is dragged into the bushes, and he only has one choice now as his problems have just multiplied.

The identity of the one who has her changes everything!

How would Claire Phillips connect to his drug smuggling ring? Yes, he has an informant here, but this just does not fit into what he knows of her. What does she know? More importantly, whom does she know?

They are treading on a deadly path and time is running out.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

In SILENT NIGHT SHADOWS by Sarah Varland, drugs hijack the Christmas holiday. How does all this connect to Claire Phillips?

Claire went to college and learned a lesson that will haunt her for life. Safety matters. Risks can kill.

After college, Claire goes back home to lead a perfect and expected life, although it is boring and mundane. What other choice does she have? She can not go through that again. Home is safe. However, the man that takes her into the bushes breaks her illusion of the Christmas holidays being normal.

In Treasure Point, safety is not as Claire believes it to be.

Nate Torres sees the unthinkable going down and must act. He cover isn’t going to last now.

The woman he knows is looking at him as recognition is beginning to dawn. His identity will not change much to her, but her help could change everything for him. Without much of a backup plan, he is honest about his identity and profession, why he’s here and about needing local knowledge to bring some locals down.

Will she help? On the other hand, will the fear of her past keep her Christmas together as pain infiltrates her heart?

After the gunshots, Claire Phillips may not be alive for the holiday!

 

 

  

Review of DEATH IN THE MIND’S EYE by Rick Acker

Publisher: Waterfall Press | Published: October 25, 2016 | Formats: eBook (414 pages), Paperback (414 pages)and Audio | ASIN: B01F8PWUXG, ISBN: 9781503937680, and Audio ASIN: B01M0G9BQ3 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

DEATH IN THE MIND’S EYE by Rick Acker intersects malpractice, money, and murder with intense suspense, and we are front and center as death visits the courtroom!

Skirting the lines of law and criminality isn’t hard to do, but when someone jumps off a cliff, we spiral into a well-funded campaign to leave nothing to chance. That is precisely when San Francisco attorney Mike Webster is brought on to a case that just will not die.

Dr. Johanna Anderson uses her private psychology skills and her fMRI machine with patented approach and technology for the benefit of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation until a patient dies. The death of Seth Bell couldn’t be the end of her practice, right?

Think again.

The decedent’s father—A Senator who is well-known for being the advocate of those with prison in their past and those who need second chances—is determined to clear any labels from his son’s name and his family reputation. Senator Bell will bring to justice the one behind his son’s new health issues and new problems to find out what happened and put the blame on his psychologist, Dr. Johanna Anderson. He will stop any other from having to endure such a tragedy.

Meanwhile, this doctor’s career is not going down without a fight! She needs a lawyer and is determined to have one that meets her criteria. Why couldn’t she use her skills that do help others to help herself? She can read many things from body language and demeanor, and she will have conversations with her subjects to confirm her choice. She is fighting to help many along with herself. This technology known, as The Mind’s Eye, is not run-of-the-mill and can help those needing help. She can too. However, Jo isn’t the only one notified of this lawsuit against her.

There is a company that many don’t notice, but its role is to bring help to the firms and investors that need their kind of services. After all, many companies, countries, and investors are unable to work in the United States, for various reasons, unless they have a little help. In addition, Horizon Finance likes to seek out different financial benefits to shop around too.

In this courtroom drama, we are brought into the lives, deaths, and dreams of those inside the battle of Bell vs. Anderson unleashing danger from many sides!

Is there more to The Mind’s Eye story than we know? On the other hand, is this just all about money?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Inside DEATH IN THE MIND’S EYE by Rick Acker, Mike Webster’s prominence comes as a medical malpractice attorney working on the plaintiff’s side. His reputation lands him without a single loss, and he’s on this side of the lectern to help those that have been hurt, injured, or left behind. With faith and good intentions, Mike takes his representation near those the blurred lines Lady Justice will often wave.

However, he has never really met someone from the defendant’s side that wanted his representation, until today.

A lawsuit claims Dr. Johanna Anderson failed to prevent the death of Seth Bell. Determined to save herself and her technology, she searches for an attorney. Not any attorney will do. She wants one who has reputation and ethics; in addition, Mike Webster has not lost, yet. She even has seen him in court. That is why Jo reaches out.

Jo needs him to come over to the defense table to help her and those who need her. She’s fighting a Senator’s family who is known for his advocacy, and she needs someone who will not shrink from the politically charged environment.

Well, the one thing is for sure, this will cost her money, and she has money to pay him.

The doctor’s funds are solid and not tied up in something intangible, but her funding is not endless. That’s where Horizon Finance will tie up the loose ends and take control of the Mind’s Eye system. The money that a sale of this technology will net at auction will be tremendous. Be aware. When Horizon sets its focus, nothing will stop them from taking what they want.

What if some people die? That is not a problem for those inside Horizon. In fact, it’s often preferable.

Review of THE CHRISTMAS SECRET by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: October 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook (144 pages), Paperback (144 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B01LZ554R8, ISBN: 9781634096751, and Audio ASIN: B01LYI8HJ3 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

Inside THE CHRISTMAS SECRET by Wanda E. Brunstetter, we are living in Allentown, Pennsylvania during the 1880’s at a joyous time when Elizabeth Canning prepares for her birthday wedding to David Stinner!

She and her betrothed will be living in the cabin her family built inside years passed. It’s small and cozy with both good and bad memories stored inside, but the good far outweigh the bad. In losing her mother, she lost much, but Elizabeth believes her mother would be happy that she is traveling the same wedded path upon her Christmas Eve nuptials. Helped by a friend, Elizabeth is at the cabin setting it up to be home, and she’s finding past family trinkets and remembering long told stories along the way until their work is done. Now, Elizabeth is awaiting her David and sets to read an old journal that she found while believing she’s about to discover some funny stories to share, but something goes terribly wrong.

Meanwhile, David Stinner’s business is bustling with orders, and although he is still learning, he’s off to a wonderful start. His soon-to-be wife has no problem with waiting to buy a home until his business expands, and her family is even providing the small place as their home. Who would have expected his life would be moving so fast, doing so well, and that he would be this happy?

When he arrives at the cabin to bring Elizabeth back to her father’s house, he can tell she’s just not right. Despite her protestations of being tired from the work, she steadfastly refuses his help in deference to their honor without a chaperone. True and understandable. He knows she is correct, and her understandings of such things are more reasons why he is in love with Elizabeth.

He’s busy at the shop, and she has become ill. Her family believes this will pass and that she’ll be fine enough for a visit soon they say until a letter tells him otherwise.

Elizabeth Canning has just called off their wedding and already left town!

Her family does not know where she has gone or why and are worried. David is working his contacts to find out where she would go since not even her friend will say. Does she not know? On the other hand, is she not telling him?

He will prove his love for Elizabeth and find her even if it means putting his business aside. Surprises are abounding on this journey as secrets are revealed.

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

As the wedding nears, Elizabeth Canning is planning for a wonderful life married to the man she loves until her dream becomes hopeless from a secret that will hurt many!

David Stinner worries about his betrothed’s sudden illness, but her family maintains she will be fine that is until she leaves town without their knowledge. At a loss and frantic, David commits to finding her.

Once the secret is out and he finds Elizabeth, will the results leave David completely shattered?

 

 

 

Review of WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God by Linda Evans Shepherd

Publisher: Revell | Published: October 18, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (210 pages) | ASIN: B01M1DYGLV and ISBN: 9780800727093 | Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God by Linda Evans Shepherd. Wait! Wait . . . Um . . . Exactly, what is the Armor of God?

In this Inspirational read, based on the Bible, the Armor of God is already ours and is in the Scriptures, but as Christians, we sometimes forget all that we have and venture on without our faith proven protection.

The author demonstrates that we must think of our spiritual journey as faith with purpose, but the enemy doesn’t want us to reach our destinations.

Spiritual Warfare is real. It is happening. In addition, it’s closer to you than you believe!

Prayers, personal stories, an allegory, the Bible, affirmations, and Scripture show us the God-given protection to go onward for all to see His works in us. However, once we land upon those easy days of doing all things in His name, we wonder what all this fuss is about. This thought will remain until you come to your first spiritual battle that impedes you from your destiny.

You may not recognize the person, place or thing, but you will recognize the changes, the fear, and the pain after reading this book. Moreover, you’ll know what you need to do to get back on track!

I most certainly do recommend this read.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Linda Evans Shepherd’s WINNING YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL BATTLES: Living Empowered by the Armor of God provides the protection for an emboldened faith life that we already have, even if we didn’t realize how to use it.

Her personal stories, prayers, affirmations, and Scripture references will be a guide throughout this faithful destiny. These tools will help break through barriers, ties, problems, hurts, and lies that the enemy uses, and a victorious life will be His inside our destiny of purpose.

 

 

Review of SLEIGH BELLS RING: Four Romance Contemporary Novellas by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth

Publisher: Gilead Publishing | Published: October 14, 2016 Formats: eBook and Paperback (266 pages) | ASIN: B01IJVQ8HK and ISBN: 9781683700074 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

SLEIGH BELLS RING: Four Romance Contemporary Novellas by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth examines parental and sisterhood bonds to uncover more than the Tucker sisters ever expect.

The four siblings are scattered across the country as their lives move in different directions away from where they grew up. With their estranged father now deceased, these ladies inherit his horse farm. It was a place of fun, pain, angst, and tears and going back will not be easy. Old wounds will open and may heal. The fun times can resurface bringing life to a lifetime of memories and some sadness too, but this Christmas holiday will give them many new memories to share.

Some good? Some bad?

Readers, bring some tissues while you learn how an inheritance can strengthen these shared bonds and romance may blossom from the ashes!

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

SLEIGH BELLS RING: Four Romance Contemporary Novellas by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth is about romance and memories.

With their life stories vast and different, the four Tucker girls inherit their childhood horse farm. When their mother died, one was young and still living at home. From then on, all they had left was an estranged father.

Meanwhile, in Tuck’s later years, he found faith and passed onto his daughters the only thing he believed that he could. He wished his life had been different with them and even for them, but he was at peace before his passing. Tuck forever leaves them the best of him. Did he find a way to bring his girls’ home, again? For Christmas?

 

Review of THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (The Everstone Chronicles Book 4) by Dawn Crandall

Publisher: Whitaker House | Published: October 4, 2016 | Format: eBook (324 pages) and Paperback (304 pages) | ASIN: B01LOUGO6I and ISBN: 9781629117508 | Series: The Everstone Chronicles Book 4 | Origin: Author 

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Thoughts:

Hidden motives? Tarnished reputations? Family embarrassments? Outcasts? Loves? Losses? Winnings? Risks? Oh!

Inside THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (The Everstone Chronicles Book 4), Dawn Crandall brings us into the life of an Everston employee. Pain and fear lunge at Violet Hawthorne through flyby schemes to cover the actual reasoning of which everyone else may already know. She needs protection from a debtor whom will collect what is owing. Due to her brother’s actions, Violet is already out of her ancestral home and is working and thriving due to the kindness of Dexter Blakely.

When her brother comes around, he’s usually wanting something from her, but what happens to Violet next will leave behind a new look and haunting memories as terrifying moments with a knife to her back remain.

Her comfortable employment, her new friendships, and her new living condition end despite the innocence of Violet. However, Vance Everstone’s influence makes everyone believe she is guilty of the scandalous charges. Now, Dexter tells her that she must leave, and as helpless as a woman could be in the 1890’s, she watches two men prepare a future which she does not want.

They assure they are doing this to protect her. Are they? Alternatively, is there more to the story than anyone really knows?

She must play the formal role of a happy soon-to-be wife of someone she doesn’t know. Meanwhile, Vance Everstone must convince the family that he is in love with her and that he’s a changed man.

The pain she is feeling may just take her to a new place, but this cover up can still implode!

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

THE CAUTIOUS MAIDEN (The Everstone Chronicles Book 4), Dawn Crandall shows Violet Hawthorne working after her brother turned their deceased parents’ home into a brothel.

Her work provides room and food. Moreover, her honor is safe.

Although her parents raised her to be a lady, their middle of the road income did not afford the benefits provided to those who come to Everston. Ladylike ways carry Violet to friendships not usual to one at her station in life, and she has come to be comfortable and content where she is until her reputation takes a downturn.

She’s out of a job, out of her comfort level, and engaged to a man she would never choose to marry. Vance Everstone’s reputation is too conspicuous.

As she prepares for an unwanted wedding, Violet finds that not everyone is as deceived as she believes. This duping to cover up their standing comes second once she knows a man stalks her. He wants her regardless because she is his to collect thanks to her brother.

During this time, she manages to fall hard for a family surrounding her who may never become hers thanks to Rowen Steel!

Review of THE SECOND HALF: A Novel by Lauraine Snelling

Publisher: FaithWords | Published: July 5, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback, and Audio (368 pages) | ASIN: B01B1W0N3Y, ISBN: 9781455586172, and Audio ASIN: B01H5SFHD4 |  Origin: NetGalley

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Thoughts:

In THE SECOND HALF: A Novel by Lauraine Snelling, we dig into retirement when it is not all that it’s supposed to be and is far from the dream, but is one of a stark and scary reality!

Ken Sorenson took retirement assured his legacy inside the famed Stone University was secure. He spent thirty years as Dean of Students, but realities help to throw a lifetime he spent creating overboard! Academia and office politics abound even when the end of an era is at Stone’s door.

Meanwhile, another war comes to this home front as his wife’s business is starting to take off just as he is slowing life down a notch.

Mona Sorenson gains some big wins. Her depression is under control, her business is reaching new heights, and the plan of retirement travel is close to hatching. Not to discount that Mona cannot wait for her husband’s hands to bring much more to what she has built.

Reality dampens this couple’s retirement expectation once the telephones begin to make their different music selections sing.

Her grown children have their own families, but Steig’s wife left him for another man. However, she left her husband and her own children, and Steig is going on deployment, again. His Special Forces designation takes him where these parents wish he wouldn’t go.

With little time to plan, as guardians, these two will raise two young grandchildren who struggle with abandonment issues and fear of the unknown. Now, the realities of raising children at this age, inside these current times, have two grandparents giving up what they wanted and falling in love with two kids who are taking their home to new levels of communication.

When nighttime visitors in uniform come upon their doorstep, their faith becomes lacking, as their fears become larger.

Trusting is not always easy, but it is always necessary!

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

THE SECOND HALF: A Novel by Lauraine Snelling brings retirement into focus when all the plans take a sudden but necessary detour.

Both Ken Sorenson and his wife Mona have plans on traveling and indulging into the bounty of retirement while Mona still runs her business. Travel and running a business are possible with today’s technology.

As a professional event planner, Ken’s retirement party is easy for Mona to plan and harder to keep the guest from figuring it all out. She could never pull a surprise on the Dean of Students that he didn’t figure out before time. Now, he is at Stone University in his last days before retirement and is under a fixed deadline. Plus, with all their travel talk, Ken is pondering destinations instead of being on her party planning tail. Not to doubt, her party planning experience keeps her on her toes too.

However, some of the best plans go off course, but their raising another family was not even a thought until the phone sings the right tune, guardianship happens, and someone goes missing!

 

Review of MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn

Publisher: Barbour Books | Published: September 1, 2016 Formats: eBook and Paperback (448 pages) | ASIN: B01K3TSMPC and ISBN: 9781634098908 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn uncovers reissued romances.

You’ll fall in love with history from the first to the last!

These old-world stories bring us to small logging towns and cityscapes and from the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s. We meet people from these days and watch them find love in the least likely places, where hope grows along with faith.

With only a sampling inside this review, I’ll share about two of the many stories where sensibilities, kindness, and love melt my heart.

ONE EVERGREEN NIGHT by Debbie Lee puts amazing storytelling in action from when we meet Frederick Corrigan. He’s a train engineer with a heart-of-gold, and he’s heading passed his courting days as he hustles across dangerous tracks to move his cargo of logs for processing at the mill. His focus is on safety and people as he works to save his father’s house from foreclosure. At this point in life, Frederick isn’t looking for a love, but he believes in His timing for everything.

While Emma Pearson despises her job in the rough and tumble logging camp, it provides enough money. Moreover, it’s close to the only family she has left. Her brother works in dangerous situations, and she worries for him and for herself. What would she do without her brother, Jake? In her mother’s second marriage the pain, abuse, and poverty were in every day. No. Passing her courting days was no matter to Emma. She will take care of herself and her kin and will remain from any man’s power. Anger seems to get the best of Emma as she learns her brother will work under Frederick Corrigan, and she has no qualms about telling him how she will hold him responsible if anything happens to Jake.

These two tangle a few times, but Frederick will do his best to keep Jake out of danger. He doesn’t know Emma’s story, but he knows enough to understand the love of family. He’s living to keep his dad out of debt, and she’s living to keep her brother safe. Maybe they have different ways about them, but they both hold precious values.

Another stellar read is in ALMOST HOME by Susan Page Davis where we come to love two childhood friends who were more like family until family squabbles tore them apart!

When they meet up again, they are both grown and almost unrecognizable to each until Patricia Logan’s desire to go home outsmart her safety fears.

At the livery stable, she wants to rent a sleigh to get the rest of the way home despite this weather. Her elder aunt is near to the baby’s arrival, and Patricia can’t be in town instead of at the ranch. When the livery will rent no horses for the sleigh, refusing to put them in danger of trying to outlast a blizzard, she seeks another way home.

A gentleman is just leaving with his own horses to go back that way, but he can’t be responsible for a woman in this mess. However, it doesn’t take long for Jared Booker to know the woman in front of him. She’s the same tomboy from around the Logan ranch during years past. Despite how pretty she is today, he’s not going to risk her life with him. However, the more she speaks, the more he doubts that she’ll stop trying to get home on her own.

This woman’s familiar, determined personality is under his skin, but will the Logan’s hate him the way the hate his father? Will the family he used to have place blame on him if something happens to Patricia on the road?

He can’t chance her asking the next man to arrive about getting her home, as not everyone is safe enough for her.

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

The MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn is romance. With Christmas right around the corner in each story, the sleighs may bring welcomed guests and wedding bells will soon chime!

 

Review of THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: September 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback, and Audio (290 pages) | ASIN: B01BPYK76G, ISBN: 9781634092241, and Audio ASIN: B01KTZHW2Y  | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

Within THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter, we travel with four young Amish women from Indiana on a one-of-a-kind vacation to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. While these remaining days before joining the Amish church are exciting and fun, this vacation just might forever change lives!

Mandy Frey wants to visit Hawaii, and it takes long for her and three friends to save enough money to join this cruise. Barbara, Ellen, Sadie, and Mandy are experiencing the world aboard a luxury liner with food, entertainment, and fellow tourists. Except they do tend to stand out from most folks. Their plain dress and Amish bonnets are noticeable in any crowd. However, the misconceptions many believe about the Amish community come into focus on this journey, but they already expect this. Moreover, with such limited time, the brave young women decide not to let the questions or comments spoil their fun.

The many expeditions do not include enough hours in a day to do all. It has been predetermined.

To separate is the best thing they can do, although no one will ever be alone. Two by two, these Amish visitors go on junkets with cell phones to keep on time and cameras to keep each other up to speed on the different attractions. Although seasickness cramps the plan at first, the four bounce from place to place, having fun, meeting new people, and taking in as much as possible.

Meanwhile, when boy meets girl, the timing is off. A telephone becomes lost, and a ship sets sail without two passengers. What will become of the two Amish women with little money and only the clothes on their back? A Christian couple takes them in, but one feels there is more to this story. Is there? Once the usual order for organic eggs arrives at the Palms Bed and Breakfast, this story becomes even more complicated. We’ll even begin to wonder about how this story ends!

Can romance blossom despite this distance or could love wilt like a flower in the cold back home in Indiana?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

THE HAWAIIAN QUILT by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter begins inside Indiana’s Amish community and sails to the Hawaiian Islands with four young Amish women along for one-of-a-kind vacation before they forever join their Amish church.

It has been Mandy Frey’s dream to visit Hawaii, and she and three friends leave their Amish community for a cruise. From prayers partners to travel buddies, these friends split up to see all the sites, but Mandy and another friend miss their return deadline from Kauai. Stranded without a place to go their fear grows.

When the kindness of strangers intervenes, it keeps them longer than expected out of their Amish roots. Will Mandy’s romance survive this long distance trip or will either one or both of these young women decide not to return?

Review of THE ROOM WITH THE SECOND BEST VIEW by Virginia Smith

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: September 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B01HJ60YUS and ISBN: 9780736964814 | Series: Tales from the Goose Creek B&B (Book 3) | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Harvest House Publishers

 

Thoughts:

Within THE ROOM WITH THE SECOND BEST VIEW (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B Series), Virginia Smith drops us off at an intersection of troubles!

It starts as an act of kindness by offering something nice to someone who assists you. What bad can come from this especially when it connects to your work life or your boss? Millie wanted this house for her bed and breakfast plans, but at the time of purchase, Al was not in on this idea. However, he did agree later on and retirement is only years away now, but what Millie Richardson sees as a dry run, of sorts, her husband, Al Richardson, sees as a home intrusion. This husband and wife duo seems to be on two different timelines, although Millie’s timelines do have a habit of launching before Al gives input. Sometimes, spouses think alike, but at other times, they couldn’t be further apart in the thought process.

Issues come from many directions as town events, personal problems, work issues, home renovations, and health troubles collide, forcing plans to go astray.

The results leave all unprepared and in a scramble to keep up!

Early on, this town’s newest couple was ostracized. Friends from around the town begin to take sides. However, when accomplices gather, do they ponder when evil intentions will turn on them? Will friendships be restored?

Meanwhile, the problems inside this not-yet-opened bed and breakfast grow in size, number, and scope.

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

THE ROOM WITH THE SECOND BEST VIEW (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B Series) by Virginia Smith begins with secrets and planning for celebrations.

Goose Creek, Kentucky is about to reach its 150th anniversary, and by the way of this date, the celebration planning committee is in high gear, until health problems sideline its financing hopes. However, the newest and least liked and most ostracized townsfolk step in to lend a hand and turn friends into foes as they get the job done.

However, money, notoriety, power, and friendship clash in the harshest of measures. Long-standing residents take sides and friendship pays the price. Could power struggles leave this town’s gala in a shambles?

Review of LIKE A BEE TO HONEY by Jennifer Beckstrand

Publisher: Zebra | Published: August 30, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Mass Market, and Audio Book (352 pages) | ASIN: B0190HGU5C, and ISBN: 9781420140248, and (Audio) ASIN: B01KN2YPAU | Series: The Honeybee Sisters | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Zebra

 

Thoughts:

In LIKE A BEE TO HONEY, Jennifer Beckstrand leads us into the happiness that is unfolding for two of the three Christner sisters, known as The Honeybee Sisters. Their little sister, Rose, is not only scared of being alone, her fear intensifies once their livelihood is threatened and their home becomes a target!

Rose Christner has been orphaned, scarred, shy, afraid, and ashamed for most of her life, since her parents died, but soon afterward, more trouble followed her. Rose became a victim of a fiery storm which overtook their community, and it became safer for them to move on than to stay. Now, living in a Wisconsin Amish community, most of this family has grown and thrived, but Rose still carries much of the past within her. She often takes refuge from people inside the Honeybee Farm chores and becomes a friend to the cats when many would shy away from them.

This family thought her past had been dead and buried, but it comes back to life and takes to threatening Rose. Now, happiness takes a back seat to survival for all.

Meanwhile, Josiah Yoder was already a young man when he lost his parents, but this hefty loss had him grow up faster to become a man earlier than most.

His farm is doing well and for the most part, he’s doing great too. Well, that is if you don’t count the fact the woman he has fallen in love with wants nothing to do with him. Josiah tries not to take it too personally though since she does not want much to do with anyone, but he often wonders if she even knows how much she helped him with his grief. Yes, she was young when she lost her family, but she was there for him when he lost his. She knew his pain, and he did not have act strong.

He is willing to wait for her to be comfortable in courting him, but the more he waits, the more she becomes distant. However, once he realizes that Rose has become someone’s target in the harassment which has engulfed the Honeybee Farm, he’s ready to step up for her, her family, and her farm, but first, he must survive those cats!

Cats are actually trying to run him off their farm, but they have not stopped the intruders?

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Jennifer Beckstrand brings to life Rose Christner in LIKE A BEE TO HONEY.

Rose is the youngest, most afraid, and one that will have most walk on eggshells around her of the Honeybee Sisters. She’s skittish to a fault, not strong enough to wilt, and is frequently under-the-weather, but she wants to change. However, she is not going to give anyone her heart. That will only lead to pain, confusion, and fear. She likes the bees on her farm and the honey from the bees, but she stays with the cats and keeps people far away from her.

Is she happy? No. However, she hasn’t been happy since the age of five so this is another day to Rose Christner. She knows what it’s like to be in the middle of something that should never be, and she knows a guilty heart for most of her life. With people comes pain and with pain comes guilt, but she’s had enough of that.

Meanwhile, Josiah Yoder is waiting on Rose. He fell for her a while back, and he has never lost his love for her no matter how afraid she seems to people or how much she pushes them away. As dangerous things start to happen over on the Honeybee Farm, Josiah is not waiting to keep her safe.

If protecting her against her will is risking their future, that is just fine, but he’s not risking her life for anything!

Review of WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ by Mike Shreve

Publisher: Charisma House| Published: July 5, 2016 | Format: eBook and Paperback (256 pages) | ASIN: B017QL5IKC and ISBN: 9781629986692 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Charisma House

Thoughts:

WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ by Mike Shreve is an uplifting, Inspirational read based on the Bible to engage our faith, grow us Spiritually with purpose, and bring us closer to Him.

By remembering our God-given names—through explanations, affirmations, bold prayers, and Scripture references,—we bring into focus that we are His in Christ! To this end, we learn/relearn to see ourselves as we are known to Him, and it will be seen in both inside and outside of us, Whose we are and to Whom we belong.

It is easy to be inundated with problems, images, and scenes, in today’s situations and circumstances, but these are not able to keep hold of us. As we embrace our given names, it will keep us in faith to declare we are His.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Mike Shreve’s WHO AM I?: Dynamic Declarations of Who You Are in Christ gives bold understanding to the God-given names for us represented through Scripture.

Using Bible references, prayer, affirmations, and understanding, the people of God can navigate today emboldened with faith, facts, and wisdom of being His through Christ with purpose and be confident in this world before we travel to the next.

Review of UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG by Ann Marie Bryan

Publisher: Victorious By Design, LLC | eBook Published: August 23, 2012 and Paperback Published: July 31, 2012 | Format: eBook (267 pages) and Paperback (266 pages) | ASIN: B0091NR6XQ and ISBN: 9780985146801 | Origin: Purchased 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Amazon

 

Thoughts:

Ann Marie Bryan’s UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG is a chatty romantic, women’s fiction tale based on true events, and with lots of humor, it brings to focus faith, love, family, Jamaican culture, long-distance relationships, and marriage.

I had to chuckle while relating to Annalisa Jones for many reasons, but especially since at one time, anyone would have thought I was born with a phone to my ear for chatting away the hours of my life. However, this kind of talent develops over time as Annalisa displays.

For Annalisa, when you live in America and the rest of your family still lives in Jamaica, the telephone becomes a lifeline. Annalisa has friends and a church family in America, but she was born in Jamaica and a large part of her heart still resides there too. However, she’s rebuffing her family’s matchmaking efforts back home because her life is in the USA now. What good would it do to get involved with a beau from her former homeland?

Family comes to visit Annalisa and brings with them a matchmaking plot, launching two against one in the world of love. Once she caves-in to their request, she worries that she will soon regret this or that it would cause her pain. However, she chooses not to let this “set up” get far at all.

She will deal with an email or two to keep the peace, but she is set against a long-distance love life. She’s especially thankful when the email never arrives.

Meanwhile, Orane Conway is one man that’s easy to fall in love with and from knowing Annalisa’s family, this man wants to know the woman who captures his attention just by the way her family adores her. Orane is not just looking to meet his next date. He is ready to find commitment, and in today’s world, not everyone is on the same page as he.

But when a simple phone call brings this godly woman to life, he’s mesmerized even more. The problem is that the more they talk is the more he’s captured, and the more he wants a relationship to develop. She’s not afraid to let her feelings show about everything from politics to faith, but he’s wondering if she’ll even consider a commitment as she keeps her emotions guarded.

Can faith, family, love, and commitment transcend the boundaries of two countries? Alternatively, will this long-distance attempt leave two people in pain?

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

UNFORGETTABLE, MY LOVE HAS COME ALONG by Ann Marie Bryan’s depicts Annalisa Jones love life as it’s taking a sharp turn right where she didn’t want it to go inside romance!

Annalisa’s wants marriage, but she doesn’t want it enough to marry Mr. Wrong, and she’s praying for a local Mr. Right. Meanwhile, she enjoys her single life living in the USA but converses all the time with her homeland family and friends in Jamaica. She is firmly set against any homeland dating prospects that her family keeps striving to pitch. After all, what good can come from such a long-distance relationship?

Annalisa’s life is here, and she plans to keep her life planted here with her church family and other friends. In addition, single life is keeping her active and satisfied as best as possible.

As a surprising telephone call arrives, it threatens changes in everything she believed to be true, but could another disaster loom ahead?

Review of THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by Billy Hallowell

Publisher: Frontline | Published: May 3, 2016 | Formats: eBook, Paperback (224 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B018DWEHOG, ISBN: 978-1629989211, and ISBN (Audio): 978-1633899179 | Origin: NetGalley

 

Cover: Courtesy of Frontline

Thoughts:

THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by Billy Hallowell is in a style that forms by this author’s true journalistic background. In today’s world loaded with cynicism, it is refreshing to see the interviewer stay out of the fracas but be inside the story and not glued to any one approach. I found this read a fascinating educational tool to uncover how believers agree on much and still see things differently.

As the faith editor for theblaze.com, Billy Hallowell’s experience comes through as he investigates a truth which even he understands may not be uncovered all the while defining the differences in theology that stay among Christians worldwide.

Billy Hallowell does not agree nor disagree with these varied responses, but instead, he allows light to shine on how these differences may change interpretation. Whether through a Conservative eye, a Preterist view, or a Premillennialist take on things, many other theological contours lie between the End of Days straight back through The Old Testament.

In many ways, differences abound throughout church history, but the paradigms agree in many areas.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Using his journalist approach, Billy Hallowell tackles THE ARMAGEDDON CODE: One Journalist’s Quest for End-Times Answers by gathering through interviews all sides of the most debated topics inside Christianity.

Spanning from Old Testament through Revelations, Biblical Scholars may interpret and understand Scriptures differently but leave just as many aspects to remain identical to Christians across the globe.

This author stands back to let thoughts be known and questions remain unanswered all the while he leads many on the same quest of the last days.

Review of LOVE’S BETRAYAL by DiAnn Mills and FAITHFUL TRAITOR by Jill Stengl

Publisher: Barbour Books | Published: August 1, 2016 Formats: eBook and Paperback (320 pages) | ASIN: B01IUO5VC4 and ISBN: 9781634097796 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

Cover: Courtesy of Barbour Books

 

Thoughts:

LOVE’S BETRAYAL by DiAnn Mills transports readers back to 1776 during the patriot battles in our fight for freedom!

This time in our fate encompasses much more than fighters on the field, and the hands behind the scenes leave the readers wondering about our own ancestors. What may they have done to aid the fight when a seemingly everyday young woman of the time is helping?

Delight Butler is walking in Boston with her sister as the Redcoats saunter down their streets as if seeming to have won that right. She’s shifting a bucket in hand trying to keep out of the fray but is on her way to a mission. Not even her family is aware that Delight is as much of this war as their countrymen in the field. Nor do they know the lengths that she will go on her quest for freedom that has the hallmarks of danger and harm coming right to her door.

With the problems the “Redcoats” have created, Delight’s father knows the time has come to move his family from their beloved Boston onto where his brother lives. Strength in numbers helps and friendly hands near them will keep his brood of daughters safe, but the calling that is in his heart is the driving force in the decision. It’s not the matter of if this man will join the fight, but it is most assuredly the matter of when the man will depart. With his wife again expecting, the last thing he has a need for arrives at his door.

While Delight’s father tries to keep himself at home, the Redcoats bring the fight to them. This family forcefully is to care for an injured man under dangerous penalties, and Delight of all of them has the hardest job of all. As her mother’s labor arrives, Delight must keep the hated man alive or risk her family’s future!

Meanwhile, the king’s fighter, named Henry O’Neil is now languishing in a home where he is the enemy and is still heartbroken over the loss of his friend in arms. This man could worry that they would kill him or at least, make him wish they had. Despite his worries, their homage, and his history, Henry O’Neil is smart enough to realize these people are brothers and sisters in faith. However, he has seen enough death around the battlefield to know that brothers will turn against brothers, and he is surely an unwanted man around the rebels.

The woman caring for him despises him, but his days under the same roof have gained her his respect. Enemies they are, but she is beautiful both inside and out. However, this woman would sooner carry her ways to war than allow herself to become aware of the turmoil inside him. His king is her enemy and her beloved is a land of the free that might not ever happen. How will this family and this soldier separate again, as friends or enemies or none and all?

Before these days, FAITHFUL TRAITOR by Jill Stengl gives us the English side of a possible war as a lead up to the major battles.

A king’s man tries to stay the tide from turning toward a war to keep many Loyalists inside New York. Governors come and go while rebels wear cloaks among them. And somehow, things are moving too quick to determine when to stay or when to leave, as the streets of New York by the night have both Rebels and Loyalists lobbying for information to bring to their respective comrades.

However, there a few that can obtain such information while others try to make it appear as if they do.

When an arranged marriage could bring on war closer to home, Georgette Talbot’s doubts multiply, but a cloaked man comes on the scene to make her wonder much differently than intended.

He seems to know much about her life, but she knows nothing about him save for his beautiful French speech.

Then Georgette’s parents suddenly make her fall into a rushed marriage ceremony with a man whose reputation precedes him ten-fold as they are desperate to get back to England fearing the war is on.

Meanwhile, Mr. LaTournay has been interested in Georgette but has longed to wash himself of his past reputation for that colors the talks about town. When he finally does meet the fair lady, his name to her is synonymous with mud on the streets. However, her financially failing father wants her to marry him, and he does want that himself.

He does not wish to have a forced wife. Now, it is up to him to make her want a husband with his past, his present, and his future in spite of the war that is beginning to heat in their city. He wonders though will the real Mr. LaTournay become more suitable for her or will his secrets keep them apart?

These two amazing stories will bring history back to life by mixing romance with dashes of mystery to create a perfect backdrop for these current days!

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

Boston, in the year 1776, LOVE’S BETRAYAL by DiAnn Mills brings Delight Butler undercover with the Patriots toting messages to and from the citizenry right under the footsteps of their foreign invaders, London’s Redcoats!

After the family moves from Boston, the king’s men force a medical needy soldier into the Butler family to regain his health under threats of what may come if he does not survive. With a brood of girls, Mr. Butler must stay to keep his wife, soon-to-be in labor, and his family safe instead of taking up the fight for what he believes.

He’s a patriot through and through and so is his family.

As a child is born, it is up to Delight Butler to care for an enemy and keep her animosity in check because the lives of her family are on the ledge. However, seeing strength, vulnerability, and faith of this king’s soldier is not making this job much easier. In fact, she’s having trouble keeping out of verbal skirmishes with such a hardheaded but softhearted redcoat!

Also, the bonus historical romance, FAITHFUL TRAITOR by Jill Stengl has more than war inside its pages before the battle lands inside New York, leaving one to ponder. How loyal are all the king’s men?